I find that most people who don't deal with their IRS problems until something ugly happens (like tax liens, seizure of property, bank accounts and other devastating IRS extreme measures) have one thing in common...
They're afraid...afraid that if they approach the IRS to resolve their problem:
- That they'll go to jail
- That they won't have the money to pay the IRS
- That the IRS will put them on a payment plan that they can't afford
- That the IRS will cause them to go bankrupt
This list could go on and on, but you get the point. In other words, people drum up all sorts of ideas about what will happen to them if they DO approach the IRS to fix their problems...and most of the time their fear is based on something that they've concocted in their head. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The IRS does do all sorts of nasty things to people who do NOT take action. That's what all of the extreme measures are for...things like wage garnishment, bank seizures, tax liens, and other things that can completely destroy your financial life...
But these are the things that are reserved for people who do NOT take action – not for those who DO. Realize that the consequences for taking action are infinitely better than not taking action. It's your fear that has been misleading you this whole time, sending your mind into overdrive, saying "what if?...what if?..."
3 Ways to Deal With Fear of the IRS.
- Holding Back Your Fear: The problem with holding back your fear not only doesn't take care of the IRS problem, but it also leads to paranoia, apprehension, worry, and anxiety.
- Expressing Your Fear: You can tell someone that you're afraid of the IRS...but if that person isn't someone who is in a position to give you sound advice and encourage you to do the right thing - you're not helping the problem. You're just talking about it and not doing anything about it.
- Releasing Your Fear: This is your best option. In fact, it's the only option that will have any positive effects. When you "let go" of your fear, it frees up your mind to deal with things in a logical, matter-of-fact manner. You'll be able to see things in light of the truth – and no longer be imprisoned by the nightmares that your mind has created.
Imagine the Life You Really Want ...and Take The First Step To Finally Getting It. "I have an IRS problem and I want to get rid of it". It's not really that hard to say, is it? Don't try to figure out the "how" right now. Just settle in your mind that you're going to do something right now and make it right. When you do, just let what comes next happen naturally.