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Mark W. Lee, CPA

Tax Debt Counseling

stranded in the tax debt jungle?

Let’s Talk.

Tax Debt Relief usually only relieves you of more money.
Mark W. Lee, CPA Wailuku (Maui) Hawaii

Mark W. Lee, CPA Wailuku (Maui) Hawaii

Tax Counseling provides a real way out of the tax debt jungle.


Considering “tax debt relief” options?

If you’re staring at over $10,000 in tax debt, consider a CPA.

Or at least a lawyer.

(That’s a lawyer joke.)

Each year thousands of people pay millions of dollars to websites promising to eliminate or significantly reduce their tax debts.

Despite the horror stories they leave in their wake these companies continue to thrive. Why?


Scores of websites out there feature delighted taxpayers whose IRS debt was miraculously forgiven. It all sounds pretty sweet. Maybe the IRS is giving out magic beans. Maybe you should get in line.

Yeah. No.

Fairy tales sound terrific at the beginning. Remember how most of them end?

Fairy tales sound terrific at the beginning. Remember how most of them end?

Let’s be clear, IRS did grant tax debt relief to over 24,000 taxpayers in 2018 through Offers in Compromise (OIC) and related “Fresh Start” programs. The debt forgiven is over a quarter of a billion dollars. Still sounds fantastic, right?

The actual story about Offers in Compromise and the truth about the “Fresh Start” program is this:

Less than three in a thousand delinquent taxpayers were helped by Offer in compromise filings last year.

Our website doesn’t feature a blizzard of client testimonials and blog posts rehashing well known areas of tax law. We focus on straight talk. And we’re talking to you: the 997 in every 1,000 delinquent taxpayers who will need legitimate solutions for your tax problems, Not children’s stories. We counsel our clients in understanding what’s possible, and perhaps more importantly, what’s not. We also clean up messes left behind by internet ‘tax debt relief’ firms.

I wasted a ton of money chasing tax debt relief. Then Maui Tax Counseling guided me out of the nightmare of wage garnishments and not being able to maintain a bank account.
— Leaf Harris, customer - Ukiah, CA