The Peck Group, LC
  • Comprehensive Tax Law Representation Since 1995

    We handle every aspect of tax law: preparing tax returns, representing clients during audits, resolving IRS and state tax controversies, and creating tax planning strategies for the future.

  • Problems With The IRS Or State Tax

    Our attorneys are committed to providing efficient and effective tax solutions for individuals and businesses in Georgia and nationwide.

  • Planning For The Future

    Our lawyers help individuals and businesses with all aspects of estate and tax planning. We help our clients use proactive strategies to minimize tax implications in the future

  • Changing The Balance Of Power

    Does it feel like the government has all the power? Taxpayers have rights, too. We use our knowledge of tax law to shift the balance of power and ensure that your rights are protected.

  • Tax Solutions … And Peace Of Mind

Does owing back taxes affect my credit?

Last year, you made a major career change. You moved from your safe, corporate job and branched out on your own. Things have gone well. Your earnings have been high, and you’re considerably happier in your new position.

However, when you prepared your tax return and—for the first time in your life—filed as self-employed, you received an unpleasant surprise. You owe considerably more than you ever did as an employee. In fact, it’s more than you can afford to pay. What repercussions can your tax debt have on other aspects of your life—in particular, your credit?

The answer depends, in large part, on how you respond to your situation. If you hold off on taking action—ignoring your debt in the hopes that it will go away—it will likely hurt your credit score. In this case, the IRS will probably issue a tax levy or lien against you. If this happens, the government makes a legal claim on everything you own—your house, your car and any other assets. A levy or lien will negatively impact your credit.

If, however, you approach the problem head-on, the IRS will be more inclined to work with you to find a solution. You can set up an installment agreement, which enables you to pay off your tax debt in monthly installments over a period of years. If you set up such an agreement early on—i.e., before the IRS starts sending you debt notices and requests for payment—then the IRS will have greater confidence in your likelihood to pay off your debt completely. In this case, they will be unlikely to file a levy or lien against you—and your credit score will be unaffected.

If you’re facing tax debt, you may have questions or concerns. It’s always a good idea to consult with an attorney specialized in resolving tax debt about your situation.

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5855 Sandy Springs Circle N.E., Suite 190
Atlanta, GA 30328

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