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IRS Service Filed Returns (SFRs) & Assessments

If the IRS has filed a tax return for you, they will almost certainly overstate what you owe. Take back control with Lothamer.

Reverse SFRs or Assessments Made After You File

SFR stands for Service Filed Return. It happens when a tax return is not filed by you, and the IRS takes the liberty of doing one for you. An SFR is calculated without any deductions. For example, if you’re self-employed, the tax is calculated on your gross income reported to the IRS via 1099s, with no business deductions. Obviously, this results in an inflated balance due. This can happen without your knowledge if you moved your residence and the IRS did not know where to send any notices. You could also have tax liens filed against you and unbeknownst to you. Another way an SFR is done is when you sell property, it gets reported to the IRS.

Additional assessments can be made by the IRS after you file a tax return. This can happen when you have failed to report an item of income on your tax return. For example, if you fail to report the sale of property that is not your residence, the IRS can calculate a tax due, and send you a notice, usually a CP2000 Notice. However, what the IRS does not do is subtract the cost of the property, and you end up owing more than what is legally due. We have a lot of experience dealing with CP2000 Notices for any reason.

Don’t let the IRS rob you of deductions that you have a right to. Set the record straight with help from Lothamer.

How Lothamer Can Help You Reverse Overstatements Of Tax Due As A Result Of An SFR Or CP2000

We have reversed thousands of tax returns filed by the IRS. You always have a right to file an original return with all of your deductions. However, there are situations where it is not necessary to file tax returns that have been done for you. In other words, you can accept such returns, although incorrect and overstated, for purposes of filing an Offer in Compromise.

If you are a good candidate for an Offer in Compromise, you could save yourself the cost of reversing an SFR. On the other hand, if you are required to pay back tax because you do not qualify for an Offer in Compromise, then you certainly would want to file an original tax return and reverse the SFR and reduce what you owe.

CP2000 Notices are aggravating, but we’re here to help. These notices can be very difficult to read due to the way the IRS presents the information, and it is not readily apparent what the problem is. You will learn whether the IRS has done any SFR or any additional assessments at your initial consultation, because we pull your IRS transcripts prior to your consultation. Don’t have your initial consultation without your transcripts having been pulled. Use Lothamer.

Tax Resolution Success Stories

In one phone call my stress about the situation went from 100 to 0. These people know what they are doing, they take the time to explain it to you in a way you’ll understand, and they are kind and compassionate while doing so. Nobody wants to deal with tax issues but when you need to these are the people to call. Don’t waste your time with anyone else.

Sarah T. - Fort Wayne, IN

Before I hired Lothamer to deal with my tax problems I was under an extra ordinary amount of stress from the state and federal collection agencies. Now my situation is manageable and stress free. I don’t dread going to the mailbox.

William - Harbor Springs, MI

Lothamer took care of my IRS tax needs in a very efficient manner. Convenient and expedient, kindness without judgment. The IRS worked with Lothamer quickly. An installment payment that I can afford on a fixed income. Andrew Campbell provided excellent service. I could not have done this alone.

Kathy - Ann Arbor, MI
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Tax Resolution Success Stories

We are so grateful for all their help. From the Secretary to the Lawyers everyone is so invested in helping you from beginning to the end of your case.Thank you so much.

Tracy M. - Southfield, MI

Before coming to Lothamer I thought there was no way to settle with the IRS without having my wages or bank account mostly taken. Lothamer was the best choice I could ever have made. Thanks you for helping me out of this situation that was haunting me.

Nicholas - Traverse City, MI

They were able to resolve debt in a timely and efficient manner. Staff was professional at every level. Saved me thousands of dollars.

Ronnie - Livonia, MI
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Within the first 24–72 hours, we can do more than what most other tax firms do in several weeks.


CALL OUR OFFICE to Learn More About Our Process for Getting Same-Day Tax Help

For a reasonable fee, we will call the IRS and request a Stay on Collection, obtain transcripts as to years unfiled, balances due, and income reported to the IRS, and provide a consultation within three days with a licensed attorney, CPA, or Enrolled Agent.



Our meeting with you will be a virtual meeting, using our proprietary video conferencing software, performed in the privacy of your office, home, or vehicle, with a licensed attorney, CPA, or Enrolled Agent. We will share our findings, discuss your options, and provide you with a plan to resolve your tax problem. At this meeting, we will give you an estimated cost for the services to carry out the plan developed.



Upon accepting the Terms & Conditions in our service agreement as outlined in Step 2, we will immediately go to work solving your tax problem. We will get you set up in our eResolution Client Portal, giving you access to critical deadlines and next steps to view the progress of your case.

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