Overview

Highlights

  • All Cases Handled by Tax Attorneys
  • 100% Money-Back Guarantee
  • 18 Years in Business
  • A+ BBB Rating
  • Offers COVID-19 Tax Relief Options
  • Can Help Remove Liens, Levies & Garnishments
  • Serves all 50 States
  • Help for Small Business Tax Issues

Tax Attorneys Handle Every Case


If you need a tax attorney, rather than a tax accountant or CPA, to negotiate on your behalf with the IRS, release penalties and late fees, and even keep you out of jail or prison for unapid tax debt, Fortress Tax Relief may be your answer. Resolving tax liabilities requires skills such as defending taxpayer rights, advocating effectively, negotiating, and persuading the government to accept terms that are favorable to the taxpayer. Fortress takes the position that attorneys are generally superior to accountants when it comes to these specific skills, and that, therefore, their exclusive use of attorneys generates better results for their clients.

The company calls itself the only “significant national tax resolution firm in the U.S.” where tax attorneys personally handle every case. Your personal information and critical tax case won’t be handed off to a tax accountant or even a less qualified case manager or account manager. Fortress Tax Relief is staffed by six licensed tax resolution attorneys with decades of experience handling back taxes and tax resolution cases for businesses and individuals.

Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq., the founder, president and co-owner of Fortress Tax Relief (along with Vice President Mike Zacha) has been representing taxpayers with accounts in collections since 1999. He feels that his business model is designed to deliver better service to clients. “A tax collection case is way past the accounting stage in the tax life cycle,” he states in an interview on the Fortress Tax Relief website.

Accredited by the Better Business Bureau

Unlike some tax resolution firms, Fortress Tax Relief holds Better Business Bureau accreditation with a stellar A+ rating. It has been in business and accredited by the BBB since 2003. The company has zero complaints against it, which is virtually unheard of in this industry. Additionally, its 4.82 out of 5-star rating on the BBB site stands as testament of its exemplary customer service and track record for success.

Although Fortress changed its name recently from Fortress Financial Services to Fortress Tax Relief to better reflect its service offerings, it was upfront about the name change and carried its exemplary BBB rating with it. Some less-than-reputable firms in this industry try to hide business name changes, leaving customers to guess about who they are dealing with.

Five-Star Reviews on Multiple Consumer Sites

It’s not just the Better Business Bureau reviewers that seem to love Fortress Tax Relief. Fortress is also an accredited partner of the ConsumerAffairs review site. The company has an overall rating of close to five stars on the website. Verified consumer reviewers made positive statements such as: “This is a company that can be trusted (J. of The Colony, TX),” and “Fortress did exactly what I wanted them to do for a reasonable price. (Dan of Hollister, CA).”

BestCompany also gave Fortress positive reviews, with an overall score of 6.9 and 4.9 out of 5 stars across 50 user reviews. Verified customer reviewers made positive statements such as “They were prompt, efficient and relieved the burden and pressure after our first contact with the company. They handled everything and made the stress fall away. (posted by ZZ 10/5/20)”

Specializes in Helping Individuals and Businesses with $10,000 or More in Tax Debt

Fortress serves individuals and businesses with $10,000 or more in tax debt. Fortress Tax offers services that include offers-in-compromise, partial payment and full payment installment agreements, lien and levy releases, currently-not-collectible (CNC) status, penalty abatement, innocent spouse tax relief, and creative tax relief solutions that do not fit into the mold of other tax debt relief options.

Serves all 50 States

Fortress says it is the only significant tax relief provider based in Bend, Oregon, giving it access to a wealth of highly qualified tax attorneys. It serves all 50 states, providing federal and state tax debt relief for businesses and individuals across the country.

Offers COVID-19 Tax Relief Services

The COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020 led to the IRS suspending collections actions for federal taxes due through July 15 of that year. However, now it means that IRS collections agents are faced with a deluge of tax cases that they are in a hurry to resolve to get tax bills paid and improve cash flow. That doesn’t mean they will accept any offer. But offers presented professionally, with all the relevant information provided in an organization fashion, are likely to be accepted quickly – and with better terms than many taxpayers might expect.

Fortress Tax Relief’s attorneys are not just experts in numbers and dollar figures. They are expert negotiators who can negotiate on your behalf with the IRS to reach a satisfactory tax settlement arrangement quickly.

Assists with Tax Liens

Federal government notices of tax liens can be scary. Will you lose your property? What happens if you don’t pay your tax bill after you’ve received a notice of a tax lien? Fortress tax attorneys have experience dealing with tax liens, helping you to have your lien discharged or potentially even withdrawn before your tax debt has been paid in full, if possible.

Works with Lenders Who Can Assist with Business Financing

The pandemic has been hard on many small business owners. Fortress specializes in working with lenders who can provide financing to financially distressed businesses. If you are facing liens or using factoring agreements to help with cash flow, Fortress Tax Relief understands what it takes to help you find the financing you need to get out of debt. Fortress can also connect business owners with factoring companies willing to work with businesses facing federal tax debt and back taxes.

Advocates on Your Behalf to Negotiate a Better Deal with the IRS

Tax relief often requires more than savvy tax accountants. It requires expert negotiators who can create compelling written and spoken arguments on paper and in court. In its 18 years in business, Fortress has realized that negotiation and persuasive skills achieve superior results when it comes to resolving back taxes and helping customers find the tax debt relief they need.

Whatever solution works best for your situation, Fortress Tax Relief not only knows how to fill out the right paperwork and put the right numbers in the boxes, but they know how to create a compelling case that can lead to satisfactory results.

100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee

Unlike most tax relief companies, Fortress allows you to consult with the attorney who will actually be handling your case before you are committed to their service contract.  With other tax relief firms, you only speak with a salesperson before committing to their contract.  This puts the consumer at risk of having a great sounding salesperson, but then being committed to a professional that is less impressive (and the professional is the one who either succeeds or fails on your behalf).  If, after consulting with the attorney assigned to your case, you’re not comfortable moving forward for any reason, the company offers a 100% money back guarantee. This provides you with the peace of mind that your tax debt case is in the right hands.

About Fortress Tax Relief

Originally known as Fortress Financial Services Inc., Fortress Tax Relief was founded in 2003 by attorney Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq. Prior to launching Fortress in 2003, he worked for two of the largest tax negotiations firms in the U.S. and graduated cum laude in the top 25% of his class with a J.D. in Law from Seattle University School of Law. He also holds a B.A. in Business Administration (focus on Finance and Marketing) from the University of Washington—Michael G. Foster School of Business.

Fortress employs tax attorneys licensed to practice in every state in the U.S. to provide tax debt relief services to businesses and individuals across the country.

Co-owner and vice president Mike Zacha has worked at two of the largest tax resolution companies in the U.S., working his way up and learning how to assist taxpayers in the most efficient ways possible while doing so with humility and compassion. He joined Galgoczy in 2005 as a partner at Fortress to bring his expertise in tax resolution services to the firm.

The Bottom Line
Fortress Tax Relief’s reputation and credentials speak for themselves. If you would prefer to know that licensed tax attorneys are handling your individual or business tax debt relief case, Fortress should be your top choice.

The unrivaled consumer reviews, along with the company’s 100% satisfaction, money-back guarantee are more reasons to put your trust in Fortress.

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