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Alan Thicke, Tax Resolution Spokesman, Dead at 69

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If you have Tax Problems,
maybe you need someone local,
maybe you need someone with a lawyer’s skill-set,

or maybe you don’t.
Would you like to know? Call me at 844-4-TOM-TAX and ask.

Alan Thicke, best known for his role as stay-and-work-at-home dad Jason Seaver in the ABC hit “Growing Pains” has died.

Star singer and son of Mr.Thicke, Robin Thicke, immediately paid tribute to his late father following his sudden death, calling him the “greatest man I ever met.”

Most people will remember Mr. Thicke for his role as Seaver, and may have seen him most recently in an episode of Netflix’ Full House revival “Fuller House.”

I Will Always Remember Alan Thicke for his Optima Tax Commercials

But for me, Alan Thicke reminds me of something else. He reminds me of Optima Tax Relief Commercials.

Here’s one my personal favorites:

It’s such a catchy tune. There are other – more serious ads where Thicke makes some valid points – saying that “you wouldn’t go to court without an attorney, don’t take on the IRS without the experts.”
Check it out:

In other ads, he states that “if you fall behind on your taxes, you want the best representation with the IRS…”

I agree with Mr. Thicke’s general statements – and I don’t have any beef with Optima Tax Relief. As far as I know, Optima Tax Relief is the biggest tax resolution company out there. I don’t think there has been a Tax Resolution Company this big since the downfall of JK Harris, TaxMasters and “Tax Lady” Ronnie Deutch.

Optima Tax Relief Bucks the Trend of Being Too Big to Fail.

I will not express my opinion on Optima Tax Relief’s work, because – well – they reportedly have over 300 employees, and I am sure that the professionals that work with the IRS are efficient and well-trained. I mean, you have to be efficient and well-trained to handle the kind of workload each of them must have.

I would speculate that 95% of tax controversies can be resolved without issue by a firm like Optima. The reason for that is simple – there is a general set of knowledge that all taxpayer representatives must have to do adequate work for their clients. And when you handle the kind of volume that Optima does, it makes it easy to have people who have seen most situations before.

Putting aside Optima’s pricing (I have no idea what it is, but I am sure they will tell you), it stands to reason that such a large operation would be well-run.  The fact that they are still around says something. I mean, TaxMasters went from hundreds millions of dollars in national ad buys to lawsuits in roughly three years. I’m not sure where Optima began running the national ads, but the internet says they’ve been around since 2011, and it’s almost 2017. That’s a good sign in an industry where massive “tax resolution firms” have all too often proven too big to fail. And honestly, when you owe taxes, anything is better than dealing with the IRS on your own. I mean unless you can actually full-pay your tax liability. Then – maybe just pay the liability?

So if a catchy jingle, or if a Paid Spokesperson like Alan Thicke or Corbin Bernsen makes you more comfortable choosing a tax resolution provider, then I guess you aren’t asking the question “Do I Need a Tax Attorney?”

You should at least ask it. Why not ask me. Go ahead. Give me a call. 844-486-6829 is the number. Call that number and one of three people will answer your phone call. My assistant Danielle, My partner Eugene Glouzgal, or me – Tom Groth. (OK. It’s possible you will end up going to my voicemail because we do not have a dedicated sales staff and most of our time is spent working on behalf of our current clients.)

 

You Don’t always need a Tax Attorney to handle your Tax Problem

Most tax collection cases where the amount owed is not in dispute can be handled by any competent IRS-Licensed Enrolled Agent, CPA or Attorney who focuses on tax representation. I am not a Paid Spokesperson for these professions. I am just a regular old tax lawyer. I speak for myself and from experience.

But sometimes, tax cases can be more complicated. Some tax cases are not cookie-cutter and need the personal touch of a representative who is willing to do the research, to find the nuance, and to craft meaningful legal arguments. Sometimes, tax cases are with a local office – and face-to-face meetings with your representative present can go a long way. So – maybe you need someone local, maybe you need someone with a lawyer’s skill-set. Or maybe you don’t. Would you like to know? Call me at 844-4-TOM-TAX and ask.

I would never advise it – but if you owe the IRS less than $50,000, there is a really good chance you can resolve your tax problems on your own without seeking professional help. (If you think you can pay $750 a month, then the IRS most certainly thinks you can- and that’s the kind of payment plan you should be able to get if you know how to ask for it.)

You should at least be able to trust that any professional you call will be up front about this fact. Still don’t want to ever have to speak with the IRS, then hire someone to talk to them for you. Just make sure you can trust whoever you hire.

Make sure to Look out for the Pretenders.

Do a google search for “Tax Attorney” and most of the results returned will not be attorneys at all. Give it a try sometime. This is probably more of a function of the internet age than any actual intent by these “tax resolution firms” to deceive the public. You see, people with tax problems search for “Tax Attorney.” And like I said, other types of professionals can usually handle your tax problems. But if an Attorney is what you want, make sure it is an Attorney that you are getting. Ask the question.

Some closing thoughts on hiring a paid spokesman

If your belief is that “bigger is better” when it comes to tax relief companies, then maybe hiring the one with the famous spokesperson is what you are going to do. That’s fine by me.

I just won’t hire one to speak for me, so I guess you won’t be calling me to speak to the IRS for your?
Earlier today I got a phone call from a company that wanted me to pay them $12,000 to do a fake interview with William Shatner. It was appealing, but I passed.

To me, being authentic with future clients is more important than a solidly entertaining, catchy, and profitable ad campaign. Maybe that’s just me, though?

RIP Alan Thicke. I miss you already.