IRS Collection Help!

You should consider filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 if you are getting calls from private collection agencies. You may be able to stop collection action, pay the IRS ahead of other creditors, or even obtain a discharge if you filed a truthful return on taxes due more than 3 years after the April 15-18 due date for that year, and just can’t pay them.

Hot off the presses!

The IRS hired new collection agencies to chase money owed. Before you start paying the IRS, contact Geraci Law to review your Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 options. Read more Geraci Law press releases at https://www.infotapes.com/Press.

The Internal Revenue Service announced on Sept. 22, 2021, that it has awarded contracts to collect IRS Debts to three new private collection agencies:

  • CBE Group, Inc., Waterloo, IA
  • Coast Professional, Inc., Albion, NY
  • ConServe, Fairport, NY

According to IRS Publication 4518, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act signed by the President on December 4, 2015, requires the IRS to contract with private collection agencies to help collect certain federal tax debt. How do you know it is really someone authorized by the IRS? Not so easy. The IRS will send you a letter first, telling you who the agencies is. You will not get a phone call before you get an IRS letter.

You should consider filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 if you are getting calls from private collection agencies. You may be able to stop collection action, pay the IRS ahead of other creditors, or even obtain a discharge if you filed a truthful return on taxes due more than 3 years after the April 15-18 due date for that year, and just can’t pay them.

Geraci Law has much experience in either tax repayment, or tax discharge, so give us a call at 1-800-CALL-PFG.

Don’t answer any calls threatening you with arrest or garnishment. Private collection agencies cannot take any type of enforcement action against you to collect this debt (such as filing a notice of Federal Tax Lien or issuing a levy). Any collector claiming otherwise is a phony.

Should you give your bank account info to a collector? No. Send your payment directly to the IRS if you want to pay. The private collection agency can provide information on ways to pay or visit www. irs. gov/Payments for electronic payment options. Also see Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process, Ways to pay your taxes. Payment options include IRS Direct Pay to pay an individual tax bill directly from a checking or savings account at no cost. Also available are the following options: preauthorized Direct Debit, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), an electronic system to pay federal taxes via the Internet or by phone for free and paying by debit or credit card using an electronic payment service provider for a fee. 

Private collection agencies under contract with the IRS are required to conform to the rules, regulations, and provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Specific provisions of this

Act prohibit private collection agencies from threatening or intimidating taxpayers. If you do not wish to work with an IRS assigned private collection agency to settle your overdue tax account, you must submit this request in writing to the private collection agency. However, the IRS does have the legal authority to take these types of enforcement actions to collect an overdue account.

Don’t start sending payments unless you can pay the whole debt. The IRS is tricky, they will apply your payments to the newest tax debt, not the oldest. Any payment you make, or any payment plan, also stops the statute of limitations of 3 years for bankruptcy discharge on filed tax debt.

So, if you can’t pay your tax debt, expect collection agencies to bother you, don’t send payments to anyone other than the IRS, don’t start sending payments if you can’t pay the whole debt in a reasonable time, and think about calling Geraci Law. For more info, read the Complete Book on Bankruptcy https://bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/Book33.html

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Do You Live in a Bankruptcy Assistance Desert?

Below is an article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci titled, “Do you live in a Bankruptcy Assistance Desert?” You can read more articles by Attorney Geraci at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles.

Below is an article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci titled, “Do you live in a Bankruptcy Assistance Desert?” You can read more articles by Attorney Geraci at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles.

Do you live in a “Bankruptcy Legal Desert”? According to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession, you may. 40% of America’s counties have less than 1 lawyer per 1000 residents, and some have way less.

And it gets worse depending on what you need a lawyer for. An article in the Indiana Lawyer journal says “simply having lawyers in a county doesn’t guarantee they are available to the public”, because many work for governments or corporations.

Depending on what you need an attorney for, it may be a real problem. You may have to drive for an hour, or even longer, to the location of an attorney that is able to represent you in a specific matter.

Take bankruptcy, for instance. Outside of major cities, there are usually only 1 or 2 lawyers who practice consumer bankruptcy law. And often, they don’t do much of it, only a case here and there, and may do only Chapter 7 cases, not Chapter 13 repayment plans which are at least 1/3 of bankruptcy filings nationwide.

One reason is, once you get away from the “big city”, there aren’t a large number of bankruptcies, because the population is thinner. In sparsely populated areas, there may not be any lawyers for any particular kind of matter. The lawyers in those counties, therefore, don’t get the experience of an attorney who practices exclusively in bankruptcy court.

They may be excellent lawyers, but your options are very limited, both by the lack of lawyers, and the lack of lawyers who actually practice bankruptcy law. It used to be even worse for bankruptcy, because the bankruptcy courts are Federal courts, and usually only located in downtown office buildings in the largest cities, such as Orlando, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

Chapter 13 trustees for an entire region of millions of people may be 2 hours away from those living outside the downtown areas. Lawyers, as well as clients, had to waste an entire day traveling to court, standing around waiting for a hearing, and getting back to the office or home. But not any more!

What happened? COVID! Lawyers and courts discovered Zoom, and learned how to keep the courts running remotely, or “virtually”. Geraci Law was providing remote, or “virtual” bankruptcy services to its clients for years. Geraci Law bankruptcy clients enjoy the Geraci Law “Client Corner” client portal, and can set virtual or office appointments, message their attorney, sign and upload documents, and even attend bankruptcy hearings, remotely, on their cell phones!

This means that if you live in a rural area, or even in a big city, you don’t have to battle rush hour, find a sitter, take a day off work, or drive an hour to find a bankruptcy lawyer.

All you need is your cell phone or computer. Geraci Law is available to help you virtually! Use the Geraci Law Office Locator at www.infotapes.com to find a virtual or physical Geraci Law office near you. Get your basic information by going to www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com and using the Search tool. You’ll find the answers to the most often-asked bankruptcy questions, before you call to become a Geraci Law client, and get debt-free!

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Bless All Who Enter Geraci Law

Geraci Law is here to help find a debt solution – need help? It’s as simple as 800 CALL PFG.

Bless All Who Enter Geraci Law

Did you know that Biblical Law and Bankruptcy Law are similar? Both bankruptcy laws, the Bible agree and Geraci Law agree, you should not owe debt forever.

Owing money you cannot pay is not a good thing. Debt relief is! Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 with Geraci Law can give you RELIEF from your financial burden. You’ll say Hallelujah!

“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the LORD’s release” (Deuteronomy 15:1-2).

Geraci Law helped a woman file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy after a bad divorce. She was burdened by high interest rates and creditors calling. After a successful Chapter 7 bankruptcy with Geraci Law, she returned with a large pizza and a thank you for her attorney.

She said she spent a lot of time thinking about what Bible passage would be applicable to her experience with Geraci Law. The woman decided on Isaiah 55:12, “Bless all who enter here you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.” She framed it for Geraci Law.

Her review of Geraci Law said, “Geraci Law, you are the GREATEST! Geraci Law saves me all the time from ruins. Now my kid can go back to college. Thanks for everybody, great appreciation to the GREATEST LAWYER THAT MADE IT HAPPENED, GERACI LAW FIRM IS THE BEST!!!”

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Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

FAQs about Debt & COVID 19

Geraci Law answers questions about debt during COVID 19.

FAQs about Debt & COVID 19

Geraci Law wants to help you answer questions about debt and collections because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.  Reviewing your financial situation with an experienced bankruptcy firm (like Geraci Law) is almost a GREAT idea if you are struggling financially.

Are the bankruptcy courts open?

Yes but there are are no in-person meetings. BUT, we are able to file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions to get the automatic stay protection. The courts are still processing filed petitions. There is no delay in case filing. Oftentimes Geraci Law can file a case the same or next day.

Can bill collectors sue me when courts reopen?

ABSOLUTELY. Governor J.B. Pritzer suspended summons service so creditors cannot serve a garnishment or citation to discover assets. Most collection agencies and finance companies are put on hold during COVID-19. Once the order ends – collectors can start to sue, garnish, and collect. Filing a bankruptcy NOW stops the future collection.

Are Geraci Law offices open?

Yes and no. Yes Geraci Law is open and ready to help. No, the physical locations are not open to protect our staff and clients. We can meet with you via phone or video. It’s the same great service – just virtually. You can schedule online at https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator. All you need is a smart phone!

Where can I find more information about finances during COVID-19?

Geraci Law wants to be a resource to everyone. A great place to look is at https://www.infotapes.com/Links this includes information about debt, education, job fairs and other important resources.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Robo Call? Robo STOP!

Stop the Robo Calls From PFG

Robo calls are all the rage and are causing a lot of rage. Robocalls are not only made by scam artists but ALSO debt collectors.  Collection companies do not care about your situation. If the bill is late, you could receive MULTIPLE calls per day from a robot demanding payment.

Stop the collection calls with Geraci Law. Don’t wait for Congress to pass legislation to stop the robocalls. Instead, consider bankruptcy. Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 can STOP the collection calls. A bankruptcy can provide the relief you need.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 20,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Being Sued? Call Geraci Law Today!

What is a lawsuit?   It’s a bill collector asking a court for a JUDGMENT!  Why do creditors hire lawyers to get a JUDGMENT?  lawsuitBecause then they can use the Court to COLLECT!!  First they hire the sheriff to serve you with the complaint.  If you don’t have a defense, they can then get their JUDGMENT!

How do creditors COLLECT?  First, they may record the judgment with the County you live in or have property in.  Then it becomes a “lien” or “right to collect when sold”.  That means they can sell your real estate, or personal property!!!  Serious!

Next, they can ask your bank or employer to turn over your money or paycheck!  Whooops!

How can you stop a lawsuit or judgment?  Pay them!  If you can’t pay them, get a free phone mini-consultation with Geraci Law.  Chapter 7 can eliminate debt. Chapter 13 can consolidate it into an affordable payment plan. Geraci Law will review your BEST option to stop the creditor action. We know you might be nervous or embarrassed. Don’t be. Geraci Law is here to help. We do not judge – we STOP judgments from creditors.

Hwoman happyere’s an example showing how Geraci Law can help…“I came in to this office worried and scared because of the amount of debt I was in and the possibility of law suits consuming my life. When I arrived I was greeted and immediately felt welcomed. I was a bit unprepared and nervous but Geraci Law made it a simple and smooth process! They were very understanding and did not judge or condemn me for what was going on. Geraci Law simply offered words of encouragement and explained my options to help! I’m so glad I came!!

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 20,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.