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Bill could impact federal employees who owe back taxes

Recent legislation may prove to be a challenge for individuals working in the federal sector who owe back taxes. Under the Tax Accountability Act, the federal government may deny such individuals eligibility for federal grants, contracts and even federal employment. Under this proposal, such individuals would need to certify their tax status prior to eligibility for these items.

However, there would be a number of exemptions under this bill. For example, such exemptions could apply to individuals making an effort to address their tax debt. And that the legislation does include such exemptions underscores the importance of taking immediate steps to deal with tax debt issues.

We need to remember that such legislation may not become law. Congress has attempted to pass similar legislation in the past. But that such legislative efforts are taking place indicates the importance that federal legislators place upon collection of back taxes. Even if such legislation does not pass, Congress could try to introduce such a bill again sometime in the future.

It is a good idea to speak to an experienced tax attorney anytime the IRS takes action against you. There are always a number of avenues you can pursue when the IRS claims you owe back taxes. Such options can include offers in compromise and making arrangements with tax agents to pay back the taxes as part of an installment agreement.

Ignoring the problem will not make your circumstances any better. Besides providing you with your legal options, an attorney can provide representation during a tax audit or during an administrative or court hearing.

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