If you owe state taxes, it is important that you take the situation seriously and act fast. Resolving the issue sooner, rather than later, can help you avoid certain penalties and put the matter behind you.
However, you may be scared or hesitant to do anything because you don’t know what your options are. If this sounds like your situation, you should know that you have a few options to resolve tax liabilities and mitigate the penalties.
According to the Georgia Department of Revenue, you can do one of three things to resolve state tax debt:
- Pay the debt in full with check, money order or credit card
- Repay the debt over time, generally within 36 months, in accordance with a payment agreement
- Repay part of the debt with an offer in compromise, which is an agreement with the Department to repay an amount that is reasonable even though it is not the full amount
Each of these options can resolve tax liabilities and put a stop to penalties like inclusion on the state’s delinquent taxpayer list.
However, pursuing the best option can be complicated, and there may also be situations when you do not qualify for these options. In these cases, and in any case where you are dealing with state tax issues, it can be crucial to have the guidance and support of an experienced tax law attorney.
As you undoubtedly recognize, these can be very complicated problems for which there may be no easy solution. Having legal guidance can help you make decisions that are in your best interests and avoid costly delays and mistakes along the way.