PREP STEPS FOR COLORADO PROBLEMS:
- Get the Notice of Garnishment or other State Notice you received.
- Get the fax number for your payroll at your job.
- Gather your Federal and Colorado Tax returns.
- Call the IRS (not Colorado) at 1-800-829-1040 & request your "Account Transcripts" & your "Wage & Income Transcripts"* for the last 10 years. (More)
- Contact Mr. Hopkins in Colorado Springs, Pueblo or Denver to set a consultation.
- Bring all documents with you to the attorney consultation. See you there!
Your attorney consultation will be more productive if you will call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 & get your Account Transcripts & your Wage and Income Transcripts. See below*
The State of Colorado Department of Revenue has been very aggressive in collecting taxes within the last two years. They have issued a record number of wage garnishments and seizures. And, because of budget cuts, the Colorado employees can be very hard to contact to stop these garnishments.
Therefore, we have to be persistent with Colorado in order to try to stop the garnishment of your wages or bank accounts. TaxHelpLaw will call, fax, E-mail and show up in person until they respond.
A Colorado Wage garnishment is usually 25%, although they can be 50% of your wages. We need to act quickly to stop Colorado before your wages are taken. They will not release a garnishment but they will reduce the amount they take.
If the State of Colorado has a garnishment on your wages or bank account, please follow the above Prep Steps as well as completing every entry in the Form DR6596 prior to your appointment with Mr. Hopkins!
Contact with Colorado
Colorado can be hard to contact & they can't help you construct your case. If you respond incorrectly they can't help you. Often, they simply issue another letter demanding payment. However, if you call or visit their offices you can accomplish a lot. Or, contact our office and we'll fight for you!
The State of Colorado is also notorious for taking refunds to pay for IRS taxes, student loans or support. Usually takings for student loans and support are not recoverable, but taxes can be recovered through a claim for refund. Mr. Hopkins will show you how!
You may fear the State of Colorado because you didn't keep your records or your records are lost or unavailable. However, unless you only used cash, bank records & credit card records can be re-created. Also, even if cash was used, affidavits can be obtained or we can use industry standards to arrive at a reasonable figure. See Lost Documents.
Colorado and other states, like California & New York, are infamous & aggressive for pursuing taxes against people who do not owe any tax because they did not live or work in Colorado. Usually, taxes have been paid in another state for the same income. But, Colorado won't collect twice for taxes paid to another state. See FYI Income 17.
In this case, you must prove conclusively that you do not owe the State by showing that you filed a return in another state and that your voter registration, driver's license and abode was in the other state. You may have to file a return and claim credit for taxes paid to that other state.
Your case doesn't end with just getting the Colorado garnishment reduced. The ultimate solution to many Colorado tax cases often depends on adjustments made to the underlying Federal IRS account. The two taxes are inter-related and affect each other. Colorado may be the first government to contact you, but there is usually a Federal problem and a Federal solution underneath.
But, fortunately, because the Colorado Tax is inter-related to the Federal Tax, when the IRS grants you claims, such as Innocent Spouse, Penalty Abatement, etc., Colorado will also grant you those claims.
*Wage & Income transcripts are computer-generated IRS records about you from your job, your bank, your mortgage company, etc. Account Transcripts show details of your account with the IRS. Colorado issues are often interrelated to Federal issues so we want to have all the information available to give you good advice. If you are too nervous about calling the IRS just bring what you can and come in. If you call, the IRS may be stern but don't worry, you need the Wage & Income Transcripts and your Account Transcripts. Tell them you are not yet ready to talk and need the documents to get tax legal advice. Don't Argue!!