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Posted by Travis Watkins | Feb 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

A federal employee lost everything in a tornado, but gained a tax problem in the process. He found a local relief from Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm.

"A 61-year old Tinker employee went to the offices of Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm for tax relief recently, after the May, 2011 tornado completely destroyed his home and belongings," said Travis Watkins of Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm.

"He withdrew substantial money early from his 401k to rebuild his home and sustain the necessities of life, Watkins said. The following year, his brother-in-law prepared his 2011 tax return. However, this relative made a mistake by not including the retirement income withdrawal and penalties. By the time the IRS got around to catching the mistake in 2014, taxes, penalties and interest had ballooned to about $18,000.00.

So what happened here? "This is insult-to-injury. Our client got knocked down by an act of God and had to dip into his hard-earned savings. He found out the heard way that a withdrawal like this is a taxable event (and subject to a 10% IRS penalty for early withdrawal). Additionally, in many cases, the money you withdraw to live on bumps you into a higher income tax bracket. So, more tax, penalties and interest may be due," said Watkins.

Watkins relates that "this client was scared the IRS was going to take his car and keep him from work. To make matters worse, he went to a tax attorney in Norman, OK that held his case for 7 or 8 months, without doing anything. While there, penalties and interest continued to accrue, and the IRS started levying his wages. This frustration compounded the fear exponentially, as the Defense Department can revoke the security clearance of employees with tax debt. Like many of our clients in this situation, he had trouble going to sleep and staying asleep at night. He could never really rest because he was worried about it all of the time."

This taxpayer saw Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm on a television commercial and decided to give them a try. Watkins said, "we were able to diagnose all these problems using the IRS' master tax file that it keeps on all taxpayers. With our client's full participation, we were able to design a customized, actionable plan to help him remove all penalties and related interest, given the unique circumstances at play in his case. All in all, he saved about $10,000.00, which may not seem like a lot in relative comparison to some of the ads you see on tv, but to this gentleman, it meant the world. He was very excited to put this behind him. With the additional time Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm bought him in the penalty abatement process, the taxpayer was able to full pay the remaining balance and get on with his life. He was so excited about the result, he delivered 2 bags of Hershey's kisses to his assigned case worker, as a token of appreciation."

Travis Watkins is an Oklahoma Tax Attorney who limits his practice to helping taxpayers end IRS problems. In 2018, his firm, Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm was awarded The Oklahoman''s Reader's Choice Award for Best Taxation Firm, Mr. Watkins has earned the designation Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping taxpayers solve IRS problems.

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Travis Watkins

Your IRS Weapon® He is the principal and senior tax attorney at Travis Watkins Tax Resolution and Accounting Firm ("Watkins Tax") with offices in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK. His firm is unique, as it devotes 100% of its practice to fixing IRS problems for select clients and keeping t...


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