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Protecting Businesses from Forced Foreclosure

41 Success Stories and Growing!

A Mexican restaurant in Connecticut hired Clear Creek to resolve a federal tax liability of approximately $65,000. Our client had a long, negative history with the Internal Revenue Service and the particular Revenue Officer assigned to the case. Our client had defaulted several Installment Agreements in the past. Our client believed that the Revenue Officer was biased against him and unwilling to listen to anything he said or work toward resolving the case. The Associate contacted the Revenue Officer, who was extremely argumentative, difficult, and unwilling to consider granting our client a 'Stay of Enforced Collection' even for a few days. She stated that just because Clear Creek was new to the case, that didn't mean the Internal Revenue Service was, and she seemed to relish any opportunity to revisit enforced collection measures against our client. The Associate realized that immediate protection was needed, and sent an Installment Agreement proposal to the Revenue Officer. The Revenue Officer immediately issued a flood of bank and account receivable levies. Clear Creek filed a CAP Appeal, and through the Appeals process obtained a very favorable ruling from the Settlement Officer. This resulted in having all levies to be released immediately, and forced the Revenue Officer to formally recognize a pending Installment Agreement, and she must hold off further levy action for at least 30 days. She also must provide a written statement of what other information is needed (if any) to grant an Installment Agreement. Even if no new information is received, she must send the case to the independent reviewer. Very quickly, we were able to overcome substantial personal animosity between our client and the Revenue Officer, obtain a 30-day or longer guaranteed ‘Hold on Enforced Collection', release outstanding levies, and gain the upper hand in negotiations with the Revenue Officer.

A coffee shop on a military base in Fort Knox, Kentucky hired Clear Creek to manage a liability of $25,000 owed to the State for past due sales taxes. The Associate assigned to this case uncovered that our client accrued additional liability due to the late filing of returns in the amount of $31,000. When the State of Kentucky became aware of the accrual of additional liability, the State proceeded with a Forced Closure and placed our client on a docket for August 1, 2011. Due to a great working relationship, the Associate was aware that the business' owner, an active Service Member, was currently deployed in Iraq. The Associate also knew the business' owner had been deployed since December of 2010. The Associate prepared a thorough argument based on the Soldier Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) and obtained deployment orders that proved the owner was deployed. Because of the advanced knowledge of the SSCRA, the Associate was able to outline specific sections to prove that our client was entitled to a "Stay" of any court proceeding to enforce the collection during a period of military service and for a period not more than 180 days after the termination from military service. The Associate was also able to cross-reference the information obtained with Judge Advocate General's (JAG) to prove that the information was accurate beyond any doubt. The State of Kentucky's Legal Department was required to withhold on any enforced collection or forced closure because the Associate was able to prove that the client is federally protected, allowing our client ample time to continue regular business and address the liability upon termination of active duty. The business is now 'Current and Complaint' with its tax obligations and when the owner returns from active duty in December 2011, we will finalize an Installment Agreement for the debt.

A restaurant in Seattle, Washington hired Clear Creek to manage a liability of $69,000 owed to the State of Washington. The Associate assigned to this case was informed that our client had missed several payments to the State. The State then took the steps necessary to close the business and scheduled a Revocation Hearing that would ultimately revoke the business' license to operate. The Associate worked with our client to make a large payment to the State. Nevertheless, the State of Washington was still intent on proceeding with the Revocation Hearing. The Associate moved to postpone the Revocation Hearing, saving our client's business from forced closure which gave our client ample opportunity to make more manageable payments to the State of Washington to resolve the liability.

An HVAC company in Augusta, Georgia hired Clear Creek to manage a business liability of $350,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service for employment tax liabilities. Our client was gravely affected by the economic recession and was barely able to make net payroll. Because of the business' inability to remain 'Current and Compliant' the Revenue Officer assigned to the case continuously levied multiple bank accounts and accounts receivables which left our client insolvent. The Revenue Officer made demands for the business to cease operations and was unwilling to entertain any other resolution options. The Revenue Officer went so far as to look through trash receptacles to find sources of information to produce more levies many of which were not applicable, but ruined the business' reputation in the local community. The Associate immediately reviewed our client's account and advised of options to decrease expenses, enabling gross payroll and Federal Tax Deposits to be made timely. The Associate then contacted and began negotiations with the Group Manager, eliminating handling of the account by the overly aggressive Revenue Officer. The Associate negotiated a 'Hold' of enforced collection action, released all levies, and negotiated a Partial Pay Installment Agreement for our client in the amount of $1,000 per month.

A funeral home business in Hickory, North Carolina hired Clear Creek to manage a $30,000 liability owed to the State of North Carolina. The business had been audited twice by the State and the Department of Revenue was threatening closure of the business and seizure of assets. The Associate assigned to the case negotiated with the State Revenue Agent as well as with the Team Leader and Group Manager of the department in order to avoid closure of the business and allow the business to continue operating. The Associate also successfully negotiated an affordable payment plan of $800 per month to resolve the entire liability.

The owner of a restoration and waterproofing business in Eminence, Kentucky hired Clear Creek to manage a liability of approximately $45,000 with the State of Kentucky Department of Revenue for past due withholding taxes. The State, through a court- ordered injunction, had revoked all business licenses, preventing our client from operating in the state of Kentucky. The Associate assigned to the case immediately went to work negotiating an affordable payment plan that would work with our client's limited budget. The State was requiring a $15,000 lump sum down payment that was impossible for our client to pay, however, the Associate negotiated an affordable down payment that was spread out over two months and an affordable payment plan of $1,200 per month to pay off the balance. Having formalized payment plan secured our client to regain his business licenses. Now that our client is on a payment plan and is again legally operating, the State will no longer pursue enforced collection against his business.

An automotive business in Statham, Georgia hired Clear Creek to manage a $76,000 liability owed to the State for past due sales tax. The Associate assigned to this case worked to keep our client protected while gathering financial information for the business. Our client was unable to pay the required one-third down payment of over $25,000 demanded by the State in order to enter into an Installment Agreement. The State then moved forward with scheduling a hearing to force the closure of the business. The Associate worked with the hearing officer to keep the business open and negotiated a payment plan of $1,000 per month to be reviewed in 90 days and reestablished based on the financial information at that time, effectively keeping the doors open.

A small restaurant in New York, New York, hired Clear Creek to manage a $16,000 Sales and Withholding Tax liability. The Associate assigned to this case was immediately in contact with the State Revenue Agent to negotiate a 'Hold of Enforced Collections' to block a pending seizure of the business. After being unsuccessful with the Revenue Agent, the Associate contacted four of the Revenue Agent's Supervisors, which resulted with the pending seizure being overruled within two days of our client hiring our firm. Clear Creek successfully halted the seizure at 11:00am as the locksmith was being dispatched to change the locks. In addition to stopping the seizure, the Associate assigned to the case also negotiated a payment plan with the Revenue Agent's Supervisor, after our client was advised to remit a lump sum payment in lieu of a down payment. The Associate also negotiated further 'Hold of Enforced Collections' after our client remitted the payment incorrectly. A payment plan of $500 per month is now in place for our client, and the business remains open.

A restaurant and bar located in Seattle, Washington hired Clear Creek to negotiate on its behalf with regard to outstanding Sales Tax liabilities. The restaurant had sustained setbacks including but not limited to a collapsed roof. As a result of these setbacks, the business could not catch up with its current or back tax liabilities. The assigned Washington State Revenue Agent had resolved to shut the business down promptly. He set a date for a Revocation Hearing in order to obtain the authority to lock the business' doors. Upon learning of the State Revenue Agent's intent, the Senior Associate assigned to this case worked urgently and efficiently to devise a payment strategy whereby the business could resolve its liabilities through payments based upon monthly income rather than by an arbitrary figure set by the State. This strategy would allow the business to operate and recover from its numerous setbacks without running the risk of further enforcement action by the State Revenue Agent. Through vigorous and concerted negotiations, the Senior Associate was able to first postpone the Revocation Hearing and ultimately have the proceeding canceled all together, thus saving the business and the jobs of its five employees. The Senior Associate is currently working to secure an abatement of all penalties on this account which resulted from legitimate and unforeseen events.

A mechanic in Villa Park, Illinois hired Clear Creek to manage a $90,000 liability owed to the IRS for a now closed sole proprietorship in the same industry. Our client could not afford the Installment Agreement of $1,500 that he negotiated with the IRS. He could only afford $500 per month. Our client could not get a loan on the property due to his inability to pay any type of mortgage and the Revenue Officer and Group Manager sent a liquidation specialist out to the property and were making arrangements to seize and sell it in order to use the equity to satisfy the IRS liability. The IRS also intended to seize all of the tools and assets of the new business in order to keep our client from making any future living in his chosen profession. After much negotiation, the Associate assigned to this case was able to obtain a 'Hold of Enforced Collection' in order for our client to come up with a small down payment over 60 days and then enter into an affordable $500 per month Installment Agreement which was completed by our firm and saved our client from certain financial ruin.

A moving company in Avoca, Arkansas hired Clear Creek to manage a liability of approximately $24,000 owed to the Department of Finance and Administration. At the time Clear Creek was hired, the account was not being overseen by the Arkansas DFA, but was under the supervision of the Benton Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department had authority under a writ of execution to seize and sell our client's property at auction to satisfy the tax liability. The Associate assigned to the case negotiated a 'hold on collections' for a 10-day period. This enabled our client to file all missing returns and become 'current' with its tax obligations. Due to the default of prior Installment Agreements, the State requested that the balance be paid in full or asset seizure would ensue. The Associate was able to negotiate a 10% down payment and a five-year payment plan for the remaining balance owed. The writ of execution to the Sheriff's office was recalled, and our client's business was saved from seizure.

An ambulance service company in Lebanon, Virginia hired Clear Creek to manage a $61,000 liability owed to the IRS and to negotiate an Installment Agreement for their business. Clear Creek had negotiated two Installment Agreements previously for them, however, they had defaulted on both Agreements due to situations beyond their control, however, they were ready to attempt the third and final Installment Agreement negotiation. The Associate negotiated with the Revenue Officer, and explained why our client had defaulted two previous times, and was able to prove that these defaults were due to situations beyond our client's control. Although there was one major bump in the Installment Agreement, the IRS saw $60,000 in the bank account which would full pay the liability. The Revenue Officer all of a sudden wanted that money to be sent in at once. The Associate was able to reach a deal for our client to keep that money to fund their business, and negotiated an Installment Agreement for $3,000 per month. We are now preparing the Penalty Abatement narrative for them. They can now use that $60,000 to buy a new ambulance which is necessary in order to grow their business.

A family-owned business in Kuna, Idaho hired Clear Creek to manage a $220,000 liability owed to the IRS. The Associate assigned to this case successfully negotiated with the Revenue Officer to keep him from levying the Certificate of Deposit that served as the company's collateral to their operating line of credit. During the course of the negotiations, it was determined that our clients had more assets than what they had previously disclosed to our firm. Nonetheless, the Associate was able to negotiate with the Revenue Officer to enable our client to obtain lending on their personal tangible assets, saving the Certificate of Deposit for business purposes. Additionally, the Associate was able to negotiate with the Revenue Officer to work with Clear Creek to have the penalty for Intentional Disregard for the W-2 and W-3's for 2003 completely removed.

A nursing home facility in Sarasota, Florida hired Clear Creek to manage a liability of approximately $1.3 Million owed to the IRS for 941 taxes. The Revenue Officer had placed the business on the 941-M Monthly Filing program and had threatened forced business closure and asset seizure. Prior to our representation, the company's CPA had submitted a Penalty Abatement Request which was denied in full by the Revenue Officer. We immediately stressed to the client the importance of getting current and compliant, and we were able to determine a method in which our client could make timely Federal Tax Deposits. After approximately six years of consistently accruing 941 liabilities nearly every quarter, the business has since, not accrued any new liabilities since the third Quarter of 2008. Through diligent, ongoing negotiations with the Revenue Officer, as well as a Collection Due Process Hearing, we were able to achieve an arrangement whereby the IRS agreed to place the entire case into Currently Non-Collectible Status for one full year to allow the corporation to further explore borrowing options and/or a sale of the business. Upon expiration of the one year period in March 2010, the Revenue Officer has agreed to re-visit the resolution options such as an Installment Agreement. In the meantime, the company has been able to make periodic voluntary payments designated to the Trust Fund, and they will continue to do so throughout the Status 53 period. We have developed an excellent working relationship with the Revenue Officer which is not adversarial at all at this time. When the company hired Clear Creek, we still had time to Appeal the denial of the CPA's Penalty Abatement Request. We submitted a detailed, well-supported Appeal letter with a substantial amount of supporting documents attached, some of which were spreadsheets we created to support our client's arguments. We conducted the Appeals Hearing, then submitted a second round of arguments and supporting documents to the Appeals Officer to address the specific concerns he had expressed during the Hearing. When all was said and done and after several rounds of negotiations with the Appeals Officer, he agreed to abate approximately $138,000 in Penalties. Obviously, this was a substantial improvement from the full denial our client was faced with when they hired Clear Creek.

A gas station in Aurora, Illinois hired Clear Creek to manage a $16,000 liability owed to the state. The majority of the liability was Sales and Use Tax, and the remaining portion was Withholding Tax and Motor Fuel Tax liability. The business was set up on a $1,300 payment plan when our client hired our firm, however our client defaulted due to client's inability to make the high monthly payment. There was also a pending levy when client came on board. Due to the compliance status of the business we were unable to release the levy which included several missing returns and not meeting current tax obligations. While we were trying to get our client into a current and compliant status, a discrepancy regarding underreported Sales and Use reports surfaced, and the State Agent enforced collection action by revoking the business' sales license. At the hearing, our client was told he must pay the balance in full before the business license could be reinstated. Once the business license had been revoked, it was apparent that we needed to change our tactics. The Associate quickly began making contact with every department including the revocation department, the problem resolution department, the appeals department, and again with the State Agent that had issued the revocation. Ultimately the State Revenue Agent had precedence over reinstating the business license. Finally, the Associate was able to get the State Agent to allow the client to operate so the business could pay back its debt. We argued that if the business was closed, it would be more difficult if not impossible to pay the tax obligation. The State Agent finally agreed to reverse the revocation and allow our client to begin operating and making monthly payments of $750 per month.

An auto repair company in Castro Valley, California hired Clear Creek to manage a liability of over $65,000 owed to the State Board of Equalization of California. Our client had fallen behind in sales tax payments and had their sales license revoked in February 2009. After evaluating several options, the Associate handling the case determined that the best resolution for our client would be to submit voluntary payments also known as 'good faith payments' because a formal Installment Agreement could not be negotiated, however, our client wanted to pay back the liability, and have his sales license reinstated, not to mention remain current and compliant moving forward. The Associate negotiated many 'Stays of Enforced Collections' to protect our client's assets while compiling required financial documents. The State Revenue Agent was originally threatening to close and seize the business because of the lack of compliance with the State. The Associate built a positive working relationship with the State Revenue Agent, and continued to negotiate with her, using the client's financial information and documentation as his tools. The State Revenue Agent was willing to accept 'good faith payments', and the Associate was able to explain to the client that if he showed ordinary business care and prudence by paying down the debt and staying current and compliant, he would be able to continue to operate. After only a couple months of negotiations our client was able to full pay his liability through the 'good faith payments,' and now has his sales license reinstated. We are now submitting a Penalty Abatement Narrative so that we may assist him in getting some money back!

A residential home construction company in Richmond, Virginia hired Clear Creek to resolve a state liability in the amount of $23,420 after our client had received a "Notice of Intent to Padlock" from the state. Immediately, the Associate assigned to this file initiated steps to protect our client from being permanently closed down and also negotiated a three month Installment Agreement with the first two payments only being $1,000 each. The client made it clear that full payment after three months would not be a problem and wanted to resolve this issue in the quickest manner possible.

An Auto upholstery company in Renton, Washington hired Clear Creek on the day that two state agencies issued a Notice of Closure and a Notice of Revocation of License against this business for a state liability of $32,500. This amount may not seem to warrant closure, however, this company has had a history of non compliance for nearly 25 years. Once hired, the Associate filed an appeal to extend the timeline for our client who was trying to close a loan to pay down this liability. Due to our committed protection, our client was able to secure the loan and get current and compliant. Once this loan closed, the Associate then negotiated an affordable Installment Agreement for half the amount that the Territory Manager had originally demanded. Our client is grateful to still be in business.

A Mexican restaurant located in Mt. Washington, Kentucky hired Clear Creek to save their business from being closed by the state for a liability of $45,000. The pressure was due to our client's negligence in not filing state returns for several quarters. Within a week, the Associate assigned to this client managed to get our client current by filing all of the outstanding returns which immediately reduced the liability down to $30,000. Nonetheless, the state still had an injunction against our client, and was set to close our client's business in two weeks if the remaining payment was not made in full on or before the court date. After many heated negotiations, the state backed down and accepted a $5,000 down payment and a payment plan of $1,000 per month over a two year period of time. With their entire life savings invested in this restaurant, this family of five can now take care of their ailing father and rest assured that their life's savings is no longer at risk of being seized.

The owner of a restaurant and bar located in Louisville, Kentucky hired Clear Creek to resolve an issue that had been ignored for way too long. In this period, the client had been diagnosed with cancer and was out for treatment and no returns were being filed, and a small state liability had grown to $100,000. At issue, was the need for a liquor license renewal with the state and local Alcohol Control Boards, however with the outstanding tax liability, the state had already pulled the liquor from the restaurant and was headed for immediate closure. Our client had an administrative disillusionment due to non-renewal of the articles with the state. The articles could not be renewed unless a Letter of Good Standing from the Department of Revenue was obtained. The liquor license could not be renewed by statute without the articles. A Letter of Good Standing was unobtainable due to the $100,000 liability and the recent filing stating that a number of year's worth of missing state returns were still outstanding. Through extensive negotiation, the State Alcohol Beverage Control Board eventually agreed to allow the company to renew the liquor license. However, the Metro Alcohol Beverage Control Board also needed to be renewed and stated that they would not renew it due to the liability and missing returns. By extensively researching the state's statutes, the Associate uncovered that the business only needed a signature of ‘Good Standing' from the Metro Revenue Commission indicating that no tax was owed. Contact was made with the Revenue Commission and it was negotiated that the agent would give a tax clearance and allow the license to be renewed. We then proved that the Metro Alcohol Control Boards did not have the authority to close this business due to this technicality that we uncovered. Our client now has his much needed liquor license which accounts for 25% of the business's net income.

A health services company in Cleveland Ohio hired Clear Creek while they were being levied for $60,000 by the IRS for a liability of approximately $57,000. This levy hit our client's bank just prior to payroll two days before Thanksgiving, leaving absolutely no money to pay the 52 employees who care for over 200 bedridden and sick patients. Because the Revenue Officer, her manager and the Appeals Division, would not release the levy, the Associate assigned to this case contacted the Taxpayer Advocacy Office, and was finally able to get the levy released. In getting this levy released, we saved the company from having to shut its doors thereby ensuring that these patients in this small community would continue to get the care they desperately needed, not to mention the much needed jobs this company provides.

A Japanese restaurant located in New York hired Clear Creek to resolve a $20,000 liability to the Internal Revenue Service and $30,000 liability to the State of New York. Upon being hired, the Associate assigned to this case negotiated a two month hold on enforced collection so the business could negotiate a partial sale to an investor in order to raise much needed cash to keep the business afloat. Within this time frame the business managed to raise the needed cash and paid off the liability owed to the Internal Revenue Service. With regards to the State, the Associate convinced the State that they should not only not seize the business because our client had defaulted on nine previous payment plans and furthermore, but that this business was a going concern and could now afford low monthly payments. In the end, the business paid a $15,000 down payment and is now on a 15 month payment plan for the balance even though the State wanted to be fully paid within 12 months.

An Ohio landscaping company that was organized as a sole proprietorship hired Clear Creek to prevent the Attorney General of Ohio from seizing their house as this individual had failed to file and pay taxes for several years. Within days, the Associate assigned to this client negotiated to have all penalties and interest waived on condition that the client get current and compliant and begin to file past due returns. Our client was granted 60 days to get all past due returns filed and is now on an affordable Installment Agreement and is no longer in danger of having their home seized by the state.

A restaurant located in Shreveport, Louisiana hired Clear Creek to manage a $26,000 liability to the state in addition to ensuring that the state not revoke the restaurant's liquor license because the State requires a ‘tax clearance' before any liquor license is reissued. Within days, the Associate assigned to this case negotiated that our client could afford a 20% down payment on this liability to be paid over two months and thereafter pay the state an affordable Installment Agreement until the liability is paid in full. By ensuring that this liquor license was not revoked, the restaurant is able to stay in business as much of this entity's sales are derived from selling alcohol.

The son of the deceased owner of a convenience store located in Massachusetts hired Clear Creek to manage and resolve a $50,000 liability owed to the Internal Revenue Service. At the time of his father's death, our client had no idea that the business was behind in its tax obligations, or that it was being threatened to close its doors due to unpaid taxes and for not filing its tax returns. The Associate assigned to this case negotiated a long hold on enforced collection so we could file the needed returns and assess the financial stability of the business. In the end, the business was not forced to close, the returns were filed, and we negotiated a Penalty Abatement of $12,596.51.

Within weeks of being retained, the Associate assigned to this case negotiated the closure of this Ohio pizza restaurant with the Revenue Officer reducing the liability from $46,000 to $11,000. The balance was negotiated into an affordable Installment Agreement of $183 per month.

An auto repair company located in Michigan retained Clear Creek to protect their company from being levied out of existence. As soon as we were their Power of Attorney, the client never received another levy, however, the assigned Revenue Officer still wanted to close this company permanently as the company owed over $250,000 and was deemed insolvent, not able to make any Installment Agreement payments. Within weeks, we were able to negotiate an affordable Installment Agreement in Appeals and the Revenue Officer accepted the terms of this agreement ten days later.

An Arkansas tire company retained Clear Creek to protect the company from being seized by the state for a tax liability of $68,732. When retained, the client had defaulted on numerous Installment Agreements, however, with the assistance of the assigned associate, the client is now free from all enforced collection activity, has all of their past due returns filed and posted, and is now on an affordable payment plan after paying a small down payment to the state to reinstate this much needed payment plan.

When a Salt Lake City sign manufacturing company hired Clear Creek, they were in the process of having their assets seized which was the final step in having the company permanently shut down by the IRS. Within days of representation, this company was free from all seizure activity and the assigned Associate negotiated an affordable Installment Agreement for the balance of our client's liability.

When a warehouse equipment storage facility located in St. Louis Missouri retained Clear Creek, they were in the process of being shut down by the IRS as the company was trying to stay afloat with 12 account receivable levies issued against them. Within days of representation, we negotiated the release of the 12 levies, and through our bank of lenders, closed a loan for our client in order to pay down the liability so the client could afford the modest monthly Installment Agreement payments.

A Michigan-based grocery store was in the process of having its assets seized by the state with a business closure hearing having also been set by the state. Within days, the Associate assigned to this file convinced our client to file all of their outstanding returns so we could negotiate our way out of having to attend the business closure hearing. The client is now on an affordable Installment Agreement and free from all state enforced collection.

A Pennsylvania staffing company retained Clear Creek to manage $1 million in IRS tax liability and $70,000 in state tax liability. With respect to the state liability, we immediately negotiated an affordable Installment Agreement. With regards to the IRS liability, we successfully calmed the client's factoring company's fears that our negotiated ‘stays of enforced collection' will in fact enable our client to remain in business which is the only reason the factoring company will continue to buy our client's accounts receivable. Additionally, we are submitting certificates of subordination to the IRS, requesting they subordinate their position to the factoring company so this is no longer an issue. Simultaneously we are in the final stages of formalizing an Installment Agreement to satisfy the outstanding liability which will protect our client as the liability is being paid.

A Florida restaurant retained Clear Creek to formalize Installment Agreements with the IRS to whom the client owed $45,000 and with the State of Florida to whom the client owed $33,000. Prior to our engagement, the client was not able to make their Installment Agreement payments and remain current on their ongoing tax obligations. Once retained, the Associate protected the client from a State Tax Warrant that would revoke the client's liquor license which would effectively put our client out of business. We have since renegotiated affordable Installment Agreements to both the State and to the IRS.

Because our client, a marketing consulting company located in Louisville, Kentucky, could not remain current with their tax obligations, the assigned Revenue Officer issued an accounts receivable notice to our client's largest client which would have destroyed this business relationship leading to the collapse of our client's business. Within a week, the Associate negotiated the release of this levy and we are now in the final stages of formalizing an affordable Installment Agreement on an IRS tax liability approximating $76,000. Our client also has an $8,000 state liability which is also being managed through affordable monthly Installment Agreement payments.

Within weeks of initial representation, the Clear Creek Associate successfully negotiated for the renewal of a revoked California State Farm Labor Contractor's License even though this Produce Packing Company owed in excess of $1.2 million in agricultural taxes. The Associate also structured and negotiated an affordable Seasonal Installment Agreement that will enable the company to remain in business and address this liability over the next several years.

A Maryland Daycare Facility retained Clear Creek to negotiate and resolve a long history of non compliance with an aggressive Revenue Officer. On our first day of representation we contacted the assigned IRS Revenue Officer who indicated that she was in the process of taking immediate enforcement action later that day. After heated negotiations, it was apparent that the Revenue Officer would not move from her position and allow us any request for additional time. We offered to provide her with requested financial documentation by 3:00 PM that day, which afforded us 2 hours and 45 minutes to establish the taxpayer's compliancy, and submit information to be used as the basis for an Installment Agreement. Working with the taxpayer and their accountant, we were able to avoid enforced collection activity, and establish an informal payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service on our first day of representation.

An Arkansas fitness company owed the state over $48,000 and had a long history of being delinquent. This company failed to comply with several payment plans requested by their Revenue Agent who had scheduled a hearing to finally close the company forever. Even though this company was scheduled for immediate closure, with the assistance of Clear Creek, the client is now on an incredibly low payment plan and the hearing for closure was cancelled.

A Tennessee dry cleaner hired Clear Creek to manage $220,000 in federal and state tax liabilities. On day one of our representation, a Senior Associate contacted the Revenue Officer who was literally collecting locks and chains to shut this dry cleaner down forever. By engaging immediately, this Associate saved this 40 year old family owned business. Furthermore, the Clear Creek Associate successfully negotiated that it is in the best interest to the IRS, and to the state to keep this business open. The Associate has also negotiated that no enforced collection would take place as long as the dry cleaner makes small and manageable monthly payments until the owner sells the business, and some personal property. This owner is still free from all enforced collection and able to sleep at night.

A Nevada trucking company was brought current and compliant with its tax filings within two months of hiring Clear Creek and is NOT filing for bankruptcy which another law firm was advising. The associate assigned to this file negotiated a Tiered Installment Agreement to address the liability as the Company's cash flow continues to improve.

Prior to retaining Clear Creek, a South Carolina interior decorating company had been forced to close their doors by the state due to an accrual of a $127,000 sales tax liability, and for neglecting to file other state returns. The State Revenue Agent was demanding a down payment of 40% with the remaining liability to be paid over the next six months as a condition to reopen the business. After one day of representation, the Clear Creek Associate negotiated the down payment to an affordable 20% of the liability, with the remaining balance to be paid over 18 months. This client is now open for business and more than thankful that they retained Clear Creek to assist them through this arduous experience.

An automotive repair facility located in Lancaster, Ohio owed approximately $120,000 in business liabilities to the Internal Revenue Service, with the owner having been assessed personally for an additional $50,000 related to the assessment of Trust Fund Civil Penalties. The company had been accruing new liabilities for over five years. The Associate assigned to the case began representing our client after it had defaulted several Installment Agreements and the Internal Revenue Service Revenue Officer had become determined to put our client out of business. After preliminary negotiations and a formal request for uncollectable status, the Revenue Officer sent a formal letter to our client and the Associate assigned to the case indicating that due to case history, and defaulted Installment Agreements, he was going to move forward with bank levies and property seizures in order to put our client out of business. The Associate assigned to the case promptly appealed to the Internal Revenue Service Group Supervisor and negotiated a second chance for our client. After extensive negotiations, our client’s business and individual tax accounts were placed in a ‘Non-Collectable’ status with an informal Agreement established that so long as new liabilities are not accrued, the account will remain uncollectable. Assuming our client can maintain this status by not accruing additional liability, he will have the opportunity to avoid a great deal of liability and operate free of government interference.