It’s true, what they say. Bad things CAN happen to good people.
Everything looked promising for the owner of a Chicago based security services company. He had been in business ten years. He had a great client list and a good reputation in the community. His clients were happy. His employees were happy. The company was poised for a period of great growth.
The company was hit with a serious lawsuit.
The details and particulars of the legal troubles aren’t relevant, but what happened next is, certainly.
The owner’s lawyer fees, court costs, and administrative expenses related to the suit quickly spiraled out of control and became a major, unexpected expense for the company. There were no bad intentions on the part of the owner – just a streak of seriously bad luck.
Here’s the really bad part: As the legal fees mounted and needed to be paid, cash flow became a serious problem for the first time in the company’s history. (After all, who has an “in case we get sued” budget?)
The situation forced the owner into a “rob Peter to pay Paul” situation. To take care of his lawyers and meet the other expenses tied to the suit, he stopped, almost without thinking about it, paying his payroll tax obligations to the IRS.
He wanted to make it right. But a couple weeks turned into a month. A month turned into a couple months…
It didn’t take long for the Tax Man to figure out what was going on. They put a lien on the business and slapped on penalties, fines and interest charges – some at 20% of the original amount owed. It looked like the company was going down and that the owner was headed for financial ruin.
The Action: contacting MP Star to discuss the legal problems, including IRS problems
The owner contacted MP Star Financial for help. He explained the situation, including his IRS problems, and asked about his options.
MP Star met with the owner and reviewed the matter. It turned out that the company had enough outstanding and projected receivables to cover the tax obligations and its usual operating expenses.
It boiled down to this: The company was the victim of huge legal expenses and slow-paying (almost 60 days) customers. There was going to be enough cash. There just wasn’t enough cash right now.
MP Star contacted the IRS. MP Star then submitted a “letter of subordination” on behalf of the company, proposing an arrangement where the delinquent tax obligations – and current tax payments – would be paid to the IRS first, directly from invoices sent to straight to MP Star.
The Result: IRS Settlement
The IRS accepted the plan.
The tax debt was paid-off in three years. The company has recovered from the impact of the lawsuit and the IRS problems and continues to thrive today.
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the IRS. Their penalties are harsh and their fines can be severe. But there are legitimate, workable, legal ways out of your tax problems, such as the IRS settlement described above.
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