Hi, my name is Sharon and I want to tell you about my experience with the IRS. It was so scary and disheartening that I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did.
We all know that life comes at us fast. One day, we’re on top of the world. My husband was doing great at work, my kids make me proud every single day. We owned a nice house in the country. You start to feel safe and comfortable, as if nothing can touch you.
Then one day, it all changed. Storm clouds started to build over our sunny lives. We went from living the American Dream to surviving a brutal nightmare that never seemed to end.
My husband got into a car accident and couldn’t work. He severely injured his back and while he was recovering, they held his job for some time, but eventually had no choice but to replace him.
Medical bills started piling up and our savings began to dwindle. It wasn’t long before my meager income could no longer support us. Our friends and family helped as much as they could, but it wasn’t enough. I had to take out a loan to help us get through this time.
The doctors said my husband should make a full recovery, but they weren’t sure when. He was going to physical therapy and I had to take time off work to take care of him and the kids.
Then, out of left field came another blow: tax time.
We always know tax season is coming, but in the chaos of these unexpected events, it had totally slipped our mind. We owed the IRS thousands, but we couldn’t afford to pay a cent.
Do you think the IRS cared about our situation? At first, maybe a little. We filed an extension and they said they understood, but when the deadline came and went and we still couldn’t pay, they didn’t hesitate to treat us like we were nothing more than criminal scum.
It started with relentless phone calls. Debt collectors can be ruthless and cold-hearted. I tried to explain my situation, but they felt as if I should pay my debt before putting food in my children’s mouths or clothes on their backs. There was no decency in the way they came after my family.
When the calls didn’t work, they actually showed up at the house. One day, they came to my work and tried to harass me in front of my co-workers. By the following week, they were garnishing my wages. What little bit I was able to earn on the days I could come in was being siphoned off.
The situation only got worse from there.
On my way home from work, I stopped by the grocery store to grab a few items for the rest of the week. When I got to the register, my card was declined! I knew I had money in there, so I went back to my car and called the bank.
The IRS shut down my account! The teller told me the IRS put a levy on my account and there was nothing they could do. At this point, I was furious! Now they were preventing me from being able to get the essentials we all need to survive, all because they wanted their money.
I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to find a way to fight back.
After a quick Google search, I found Alleviate Tax. They said they would fight the IRS on my behalf. At first, I was skeptical. People make all sorts of claims online all the time. I mean, who can win against the government? They had all the power and held all the cards.
In the end, I had nothing to lose. I gave Alleviate Tax a call and they immediately went to work!
The first thing they gave me was peace of mind. They told me that my story isn’t all that unique. In fact, it’s a lot more common than people realize. Life gets tough for everyone at some point. It doesn’t matter how much money you make or what your class status is, life catches up to us all.
Knowing that I wasn’t alone and that they’ve helped thousands of people like me find relief, I was able to take a deep breath. I could focus on taking better care of my family while they fought off the wolves. My tax debt was no longer going to be another burden on my shoulders.
Within a few days, Alleviate Tax contacted me. It was good news! They were able to get the IRS to stop my wage garnishment, take the lien off my bank account, and negotiate a much more manageable settlement considering my hardship.
Words can’t describe how happy I was. Finally, after months of pain and despair, there was a break in the clouds.
I’m telling this story because this can happen to any one of us. Next time, it can be you in my shoes, desperate for help but struggling to keep your head above water. But you don’t have to fight alone.
My husband is feeling better and looking forward to getting back to work. His old job said they’d love to have him back when he’s able, so we know we’re going to be okay. If it wasn’t for Alleviate Tax, I don’t know where we’d be.