Numerous tax resolutions companies have CPAs, accountants or CPAs, attorneys, Enrolled Agents or even former IRS agents who are experienced at resolving IRS tax problems. CPAs and Enrolled Agents are usually more rational than attorneys in terms of fees. Tax resolution companies usually charge a retainer fee, which means you deposit money before you receive services (a thing to avoid). Some don't ask for a retainer fee which means you don't pay unless the discussed or planned result was never obtained.
To begin with, a tax debt relief service will offer you a free consultation. This means a lot because it is the chance to get informed about possible tax relief strategies to solve your problem, how the services work and how expensive they are. No matter what, remember that you are entitled to a free consultation, because you want to be the one asking questions. If you have to pay just to talk with a tax debt relief service you will be better served moving onto somebody else.
Once you choose a company you will then be prepared to get started. Since tax debt relief services differ it is difficult to say what step you should take next. Most often you will have to sign a power of attorney document that allow your tax expert to represent you. This is significant because the company is given the ability to represent you before the IRS. In other terms, they can do the entire hard job and you can relax and avoid contacting directly the IRS.