By AccountingWEB Staff
The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS)
has launched a program to help returning combat veterans (RCVs) with IRS problems. ASTPS members have volunteered to represent RCVs for no fee as a way of expressing appreciation for their service.
In early March, ASTPS sent a request to members to participate in the program. Despite the fact that they were in the height of the tax season, seventy member firms committed within the first two hours ‒ by the next morning, the number was over 100. More firms signed on through the remainder of tax season, and ASTPS expects more as soon as practitioners catch up on reading their mail from ASTPS.
Locally, Gregory Tax Resolution & CPA Services PLLC of Redmond, Washington, has joined the program. The firm will accept pro bono cases for RCVs in the Redmond area who have enrolled on the ASTPS website. Applicants must be RCVs with documentation of their deployment location and dates.
ASTPS members have tired of disreputable firms tarnishing the reputation of the industry. ASTPS practitioners are committed to demonstrating that they are dedicated professionals with a deep concern for the well-being of their clients. Of late, the only press coverage about the tax problem resolution industry has focused on the few firms guilty of consumer abuse. ASTPS members are determined to demonstrate that they are not like the abusers.
A recent article in USA Today reported that many of RCVs come home only to face their government's tax collectors. ASTPS found this unconscionable, and by offering free representation, it hopes to make the vets aware of the appreciation for their sacrifices. ASTPS also hopes to put the proper face on the accounting industry.