Fortress Financial Services, Inc.ConsumerAffairs Accredited Brand
Fortress resolves tax debts nationwide for businesses and individuals, including pennies-on-the-dollar settlements, affordable payment plans, and the elimination of penalties. We are the only significant national tax resolution firm where every case is handled personally by a licensed attorney. This ensures that our clients repay the least amount of money possible to the government, and that they receive the maximum level of protection against enforced collections, including bank levies, wage garnishments, accounts receivable levies, personal assessments, and unreasonable deadlines or demands. Call us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, and be sure to ask about our money back guarantee.
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Fortress Financial Services is truly an exceptional organization with outstanding tax attorneys. You will get assigned to an actual tax attorney who will tell you the course of action and keep you informed by calling you and sending you email messages. You do not have to chase them down for information nor assistance. Their attorneys were able to get my case settled within a few weeks. Fortress Financial is much more efficient than Optima Tax Relief. Fortress Financial definitely represents and exceeds its perfect 5 star rating!! Truly awesome!!!
Thank you so much for your business and for your review! Our smaller size coupled with the fact that each case is personally handled by an attorney enables us to provide a quality of service that far exceeds that of the huge, big-budget advertising tax resolution companies such as Optima. We are thrilled that you were able to experience that first hand!
Fortress was excellent in everything that I asked them to do. They seemed more in tune with what I needed and had all the right answers. They also treated me with respect and I was just as important as any other client would be. In the beginning, I just wanted to put off having to pay the IRS as long as possible because my company was struggling. I was still trying to survive and when it's time to close the company, it wasn’t going to come back. They assisted me in getting a settlement agreement for a whole lot less than what the company actually owed. I've done two different services and got exactly what I needed to be done.
Initially, I didn’t understand why so many forms had to be filled out. I was depressed and aggravated and I wanted somebody to take care of everything which they tried to do as much over the phone as they could but there's still certain things that I had to fill out. They made it as painless as possible. They even filled some of it out that would have been more my responsibility, but they took good care of me. I had a question here a few months back about something that had come up and they answered my question and was ready to do whatever I needed to be done. They even called and checked back with me three times just to make sure that everything was still in good shape.
The attorney was David and he had his assistants. There were two different ones and both were excellent. They're very knowledgeable about what needed to be done but they never tried to give you any false hope or false information that wasn’t their call to make. The attorney always followed up whenever it's necessary for him to make a comment and they were very professional about it. Anytime something ever came up that I was not understanding or have an issue with, all I had to do was talk to Fortress and it was resolved. They were very lenient with me paying for their services and they worked with me in every way possible.
Fortress was a blessing at that time because I didn’t think there's any hope of things getting better. They knew they had to get the ball rolling and take the stress out. Don’t be afraid to ask any question if you use them. They'll only take care of what you tell them about or what they know that you're having issues with. I would have addressed more of it in the beginning than slowly dragging it out because I was ignorant of how it all works. They can change your life. If it comes to IRS, don’t be scared of them. Play hard ball with them and Fortress will play hard ball for you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this thoughtful review, Randy. You make a salient point about being protected from enforcement while your business was struggling. Most people understand the value of having a tax liability resolved--in your case for significantly less than you owed. However, when a business is struggling, sometimes just being able to operate free from enforcement is what is needed to keep the business alive. It is hard to put a price tag on the ability to live to fight another day. We put a huge amount of emphasis on reducing or eliminating the chances of enforcement against all of our clients. In fact, the name "Fortress" was derived from our commitment to keeping our clients safe. We're delighted that we were not only able to keep you safe during difficult times, but that we were able to reach a very favorable settlement for you once you were able to get into compliance.
Fortress Financial is the right place to go to if you're stuck in a bad tax situation. When I started with them, I spoke to David and he was very knowledgeable with the situation. He was also very friendly and professional. The people I've dealt with have taken good care of me as well. They're very professional, friendly and prompt. They communicated very well with me and got me set up on all the plans necessary. They were definitely on my case and all the transactions were smooth. They updated me on the situation and kept me up-to-date with my payments. I'm already almost paid off now and I'd recommend Fortress to anybody else who is in my situation.
Thank you for your business and your review, Robert! The level of service that you describe is what we strive to deliver every time to every client. We appreciate being given the opportunity to help you.
I had a little trouble with my tax, I was going through a divorce and it was hanging over my head. I heard that Fortress Financial helped other people out. A close friend who has worked with them gave me their name and I reached out to them. I’ve been working with two people and they were very professional. Anytime I had a question and somebody was out of the office or was after hours, I got a call back within 24 hours. Fortress is setting up the payment plan with IRS now and they’re working on it. They're very fair, honest, upfront and very reasonable. So far, they have been great and hopefully, it works out for me. I would highly recommend them.
I had tax issues of $200,000 and I was getting bombarded with calls. So I wasn't gonna go with any of the companies. Fortress had called a few different times but I was going through a divorce so I didn't really make a decision. Then they called one day and the guy made sense to me. It was just the timing. They walked in and settled the whole thing for me. To talk to the IRS or anyone in state or federal is like a Chinese fire drill. You don't know who to talk to and one path sends you off to next then to the next. These guys from Fortress handled everything and they were excellent.
The guy who handled our account was a nice guy. When you owe a couple of hundred grand to the IRS, the state or the federal, people get nervous. But this guy came in, settled everybody down, worked out a payment plan and fixed it. They knocked out about 40,000 and finally, we paid the debt off. The situation worked out well and Fortress was also fair in what they charged for the service. I would tell others to listen to them and to tell them the whole story. They'll figure it out then you should do what they say. They know what they're doing.
We saw that Fortress Financial's reviews have been positive and we reached out to them. There were back taxes, including the lien, and they were able to take care of our debt. It took me a year and a half and they were able to get rid of about $150,000. They were very professional and great to work with. I would refer them. If you need to, give them a call and they'd help you.
Thank you so much Angela! You are correct that you can just pick up the phone and talk to one of our tax pros for no cost. If we don't think we can help you, we will not take your case (or your money). If we do think we can help, we'll give you a proposal outlining a strategy and cost and then it's up to you whether you would like to proceed. There is a very good chance you will learn something helpful even if you don't wish to proceed due to the fact that our tax pros are seasoned and know their stuff. We love helping people and would love to hear from you if you are reading this and owe taxes.
Fortress Financial is a small firm and it seemed like I would get a little more attention from them than I would from somebody like Omni. Not only that, but the actual tax adviser, David, also contacted me before I even got started with the whole process. David and his team are incredible. They are the most phenomenal tax advisers. To not go with them would be absolutely insane. The process lasted a few years and it was excruciating. It cost a little bit of money but in the end, what it cost compared to what those people saved me is zero. But it's contingent on the user. Those people know what they're talking about and if you follow all their directions, they will get you off of a huge tax debt. The program was worth the cost, a million times over. I owed over $150,000 and they got me off for under $2,000. It was freaking phenomenal and life-changing.
We love your review, Ian, and are so glad for the opportunity to change your life for the better! Thank you for your business and for being such a great client!
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As a small company, we fell behind in our taxes due to a few contributing factors. Although we always had the intention to pay our taxes that were due, the IRS revenue officer did not make that easy for us. We felt as though he was basically setting us up for failure. We couldn't seem to get ahead and stay in compliance with the regulations that he placed on us.
Hiring Fortress Financial was the best decision we could have made. They not only cared about our situation, they talked to us as many times as we needed to in order to put our minds at rest. They worked diligently on our behalf and was able to get us a resolution that worked for everyone and allowed us to make payments that we could afford and not fall short again. During this, we had many levies that were issued in what seemed to be the worse possible time. Right when we had scheduled payments, they would levy which would cause our payments to be returned. It was a never ending rat race. They always worked hard to get the releases issued on our behalf. Without them, we could not have come to a resolution! Thank you especially to David ** and Sayward ** for your complete dedication and unwavering compassion.
I can only say great things about this organization and its people. They were diligent from the beginning till the end. These folks are truly amazing. Thank you for getting the IRS monkey off my back!
Thank you so much for your business and for your kind words! Our staff really enjoyed working with you and we're thrilled that we were able to get that monkey off your back!
Fortress helped set up two Installment Agreements for me. The second, after I had defaulted on the first one. They managed to obtain a low monthly payment, that I could afford. I am happy with their work. I worked closely with Heather ** and David **, the attorney.
The staff at Fortress Financial have been really great at helping me resolve several of my tax issues and developing an overall short-term strategy to keep me in compliance. I'm extremely impressed at how fast they respond to emails or phone calls to help their clients. I've had a terrific experience with Fortress Financial and would definitely recommend them to handle any tax issues.
Working with Peter ** & Karlin ** at Fortress Financial has been a wonderful and calming experience. I truly felt like they have had my best interest in mind over the entire duration of my business relationship with them. As a former small business owner during a time when the economy was not forgiving, dealing with the overwhelming stress of tax debt can be debilitating. They took over the conversations with the IRS agent and helped me to come to a resolve with the agency. I appreciate their hard work, professionalism and communication, and their continued commitment to my personal welfare. Thank you Fortress!
Thank you Brian! We're so glad that we were able to help relieve your stress and resolve your tax issues.
It's been a long, tough 6 years and I got behind in my taxes. I had a payment plan with the IRS, but to do accountant error, the plan was revoked. I called Fortress Financial and John and Janet have been the most helpful in getting me back on track with the IRS. Would I recommend them? Absolutely!
Fortress Financial looked out for our best interest and helped us through negotiations with the state on the amount of back taxes to be paid. Fortress Financial was responsive at all times and knowledgeable. They explained the process thoroughly and in detail at times so that we understood exactly what was required. If a similar issue arose again I would consult Fortress first. Highly recommend.
Your business and your thoughtful review are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
We were completely out of money ready to shut our doors due to our factor company quitting on us due to extended IRS issues. We called Fortress as a last ditch effort to get some help on a recommendation from an associate. Like most tax relief companies, Fortress wanted a sizable cash deposit to begin working on our case. Unlike other companies, Fortress was still willing to work with us after I explained that all of our cash was tied up with a factor company. They accepted a small cash deposit with a promise to pay the remainder at a future date after they delivered an IA as promised.
Within a few days they had delivered a proposed IA from our revenue officer that I was able to deliver to our factor company to get funds released. I then had to switch factor companies and Fortress was able to deliver a subordination agreement to meet the needs of our new factor company within a few weeks. Fortress has continued to monitor and help us through a change in RO, paperwork delay with the IRS and personal trust fund tax assessments. They have been amazing to work with. I would highly recommend their service to anyone with a tax problem. The fee we paid them was worth every dollar. We would not be in business without them.
We had a tax issue. We contacted Fortress Financial and they returned our calls and answered our questions very quickly. So, we decided to deal with them. They were very good and very timely. They handled everything with the IRS and struck a deal which made the payments much more affordable for us. They seemed to be very trustworthy, too.
Thank you Julie! We're so glad that we could help you and that you had a great experience working with our staff.
I have had a great experience working with Fortress Financial thus far in resolving a tax issue related to an annuity. They have laid out all the steps along the way and have helped get me sufficient time to work to resolve the issue with the agencies in question.
This company far exceeds expectations. Steve, Nick and John ** are some of the finest negotiators in the business. They resolved numerous sensitive issues for me in a timely manner with clarity and with integrity. If you are looking for resolution to problems that will get worse if not addressed then this is the company for you.
Fortress Financial was recommended to me and I reached out to them a couple of years ago. And the experience has been really good.
I had a fear with working with the IRS by myself. Fortress Financial contacted me and with their help, I got the IRS off my back for as far as trying to seize accounts for which I was grateful for. Then, Fortress Financial set up a payment plan so I could just continue on working without the fear of seizures. For the most part, I was pleased with their reps. But they didn't fulfill all of what they told me during our initial conversation and their marketing firm promised more than they delivered, so it cost me more than I thought. I wasn’t very pleased about that but once you’re into them, you’re kinda stuck. I would encourage them to give more details of what they’re gonna do in writing than verbally.
Thank you for sharing about your experience, Kreig. I'm glad that our staff was able to stop enforcement for you and get you set up with a payment plan with the government that you could afford. However, I'm troubled by the fact that you feel like you were promised more than that which was delivered. We truly strive to deliver exactly what we promise with each and every client. The precise terms of each agreement are set forth in the Service Agreement, which is signed by each client. We've also really tried to make our Service Agreements straightforward, without a bunch of legal jargon, and easy to understand. On top of that, we have at least one staff member go over these terms with our clients over the telephone, and we often do that twice. We will have a manager reach out to you within two business days to see if we can make things right with you. We do appreciate your business and your feedback.
I needed tax solutions so I reached out to Fortress Financial. I liked what they had to say and how they answered my questions. Signing up with them was excellent. It was very easy and not confusing. They kept me in communication with my tax problems and kept me guided through each step that is needed that the regular person doesn't understand because the tax codes are so confusing. If you take a 10-step process, every step that they have taken me through has been one step at a time and made me understand each step and feel comfortable with the choices that I made with them. Everything was good.
We appreciate your business as well as you taking the time to share about your experience. Thank you!
My experience with Fortress Financial went as said. I called them and they were representing me on some tax issues. It's been five or eight years since I signed up with them and I was okay with everything they did for me. It did not take very long for someone to reach out to me when I had questions. Fortress Financial helped me set up a payment plan with the IRS but since then, I failed on the program because I ran out of money. Nevertheless, the cost of the program was fair and they gave me a lump sum that I had to pay. I'd call them again in the future.
Fortress Financial helped us with some corporate tax issues. My husband initially took the call from them. They were aggressive, but they were also good about following up and presenting things. Signing up was easy and the tax attorney was very professional, informative, and good at what he does. He is very "black and white." He explained what was happening and why things were happening. He was also very good about answering my questions. He took forever to get a resolution, though.
It took a long time and I felt like that was more of the IRS. However, from the very beginning, we hired them to help us with federal state and local tax issues that we had. Since they were not from our area, local tax issues were not their forte. Also, we were in Philadelphia and they were in Washington so he should not have said that he could help us with our issue because it never got resolved. Moreover, working in Philadelphia is a challenge, even being in Philadelphia. They definitely tried to do what they could for the state and the city. But unfortunately, we owed a large amount and there was not a payment plan unless we could put up a lump sum of money which we couldn’t do. And I don’t think that there was a resolution that we could’ve afforded.
We were able to set up a payment plan with the IRS. Because of how it worked, we set up one for the corporation and the savings were huge. However, we're still personally liable. Fortress came back and said that they could do an Offer in Compromise for me personally. Even though our corporation is on a payment plan, we personally have to be on a payment plan for the same debt that was owed. Still, I've referred Fortress Financial to the payroll company. They had some customers that were having the same issue that we had, and Fortress is great at resolving federal tax issues.
Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience working with our staff, Laura. I suspect that you are correct that the delays in getting your case resolved were due to the IRS, as that is usually the case when resolution takes an unusually long time. We do strive to move all of our cases along as quickly as can reasonably be expected given their circumstances. Unfortunately, there are times when the IRS can be very slow, and there isn't a lot that we or anyone can do to make them move more quickly (yet, when they want something from a taxpayer, they usually give them very little time). During the times when the IRS is slow, we almost always will have some kind of mechanism in place to protect our clients from enforced collections.
I had a big job I was working on for my husband’s business and we had gotten behind in payroll taxes. Fortress Financial Solutions was able to help me get the time to get funds together that I needed to pay off the taxes. I didn’t get any reduction in the taxes, penalties or interest but they were able to stop the IRS from coming after me directly, and Fortress Financial worked with them instead of me having to deal with them. At that time, I couldn’t handle doing that, so that helped. They helped relieve pressure when I needed it relieved as it was during a stressful time for me. Fortress Financial was able to stop the IRS from calling me and I didn't have to feel like I have somebody breathing down my neck every minute of the day.
The guy I worked with would just call me whenever he needed something. If I had a question, I would just call him. Usually when I called him, I would have to leave a message then he would call me back when he had a minute. Using Fortress Financial worked out great and they’ve actually helped me twice. They told me that one of the reasons that it worked out so well was because when they asked for something, I got it for them and when I needed to pay something, I paid it. They’re an honest company. Their rep didn’t lie to me and tell me he was going to get all those things taken care of. It was an honest relationship. I told him what I had problems with, he told me this is what’s going to happen and that’s what happened.
I would recommend Fortress Financial Solutions. A lot of people say they’re going to reduce your taxes and they’re going to do this and that for you. Don’t go into it thinking that they’re going to give you the loan. Just go into it knowing that you have a problem, you have to figure it out, and you have to help work it out with them. They can help you with the laws and with the skills in order to give yourself time. There are lots that we don’t know that they know, that they can help you with.
Fortress Financial handled my case and it stopped the collecting calls. They worked with me on the payment plan. It ended up being an installment agreement, so it was fine. My tax attorney was very good and detailed. They were able to get a resolution in place, but I was expecting more of a financial turnout that was less money from the IRS side. All in all, they represented me well. Fortress Financial has very knowledgeable people who are able to guide you in the right direction. I’ll recommend them.
Thank you, Bud, for the recommendation and for your business!
I honestly could not be happier! I was contacted by the IRS in November out of the blue about an old debt that I could not afford to pay. I was completely caught off guard and very concerned. I did not have a lawyer and did not even know where I should go to find one. After doing some looking online I found Fortress Financial. I did some research, liked what I saw and decided to give them a try. I gave them a call and signed up. I didn't really know what to expect but things went very smoothly.
After I signed up, I got a call from David ** and he asked me some questions, answered mine and then explained the process to me. Long story short... I owed the IRS about $168,000 that I don't have and I no longer have to pay it. The IRS closed my case and I could not be happier. He and his assistant Sayward worked together and took amazing care of this situation for me. I was also able to make payments which really helped me. I highly recommend Fortress Financial. They are awesome and extremely efficient, knowledgeable and professional.
I looked at a set of different companies a few years ago. After talking with Fortress on the phone, they seemed like the most qualified and the readiest company to help me with my tax-related issue at hand. They did their job. They helped me set up an agreement with the tax agency. And I contacted them for some additional concerns that needed to be handled. There were numerous tax attorneys involved but it was a phone conversation or two that I had with them. The service cost wasn't the cheapest around but it was fair. Fortress Financial is worth talking to for people who have a tax issue.
Fortress Financial is the liaison between me and the IRS. I've been working with them for two and a half years now and I like them a lot. I liked their straightforwardness and they didn't seem like a machine, it seemed personal. They seemed honest and trustworthy. Their reps have been very honest, helpful, and knowledgeable. David was the attorney and heather was my main contact.
Fortress Financial has entered me into an installment agreement and we're working on an offer and compromise. We're not completed yet but we're getting close to being done. The service is not inexpensive but when we're done, it'll be very helpful to me. I'd definitely recommend them. They're definitely worth contacting and getting a consultation with.
We were screwed over and we were seeking IRS help. Fortress Financial talked to my husband about that and we got an agreement. But then we both got sick. My husband has been in and out of the hospital for 16 months while I had a spider bite which I dealt with for close to two years. We wound up in arrears because there wasn't anybody to run our business, paid our bills like we did and knew how to do the taxes. My husband usually did it. We got behind and we couldn't pay our bills. We nearly lost our home and everything.
That all happened just last year and we're still in the process negotiating with the revenue officer. I filled out all the paperwork and got everything the revenue officer needed. But she has a personal problem and she hasn't gotten back with Fortress Financial and they've been trying to contact her. She's holding everything up and we're still waiting for the arrears right now. We're also trying to get some kind of offer and call them up. Other than that, whenever we call Fortress Financial, they get right back to us. They email, call and would stay in touch. I don't have to call them all the time. I would definitely recommend them to others.
I've been dealing with Fortress Financial since 2012. I called their 800 number and spoke to someone there. They then hooked me up with David the attorney. From then on, I sent them the information that they needed and we started establishing the relationship. I had an IRS issue with error taxes and Fortress has been really very helpful with all my issues. I don't regret choosing them.
I've been working with the same attorney since I started. David has been very professional and if he says something is going to happen, it does. He doesn't beat around the bush. What he can do, he can do and what he can't, he can't. But he always finds the options that can happen in order to take care of the issue. His communications are always courteous and every time I email him, he emails me back at a very reasonable time. I've referred him to quite a bit of client.
I'm 100% satisfied with the cost and service of Fortress Financial. They've been helping me resolve my issues so that's given me some space off my bag. They have already taken the issue at hand and that has been settled. They paid attention to me and their prices are reasonable. They weren't there to take my money. They are a true company that has helped me out.
We are delighted to hear how pleased you have been with our services, Alex! Thank you so much for your business and for taking the time to share about your experience working with our staff. Value, integrity, great customer service, and excellent workmanship are what we strive to deliver to each and every one of our clients. Glad to hear we hit the mark!
Fortress helped us with our tax debt and their service was very poor. They only helped us draft the letter which I could have done myself had I known at that point. They should also lower their prices for people who are in the same situation as us.
We pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer services, and are sorry to hear that we fell short of that with the handling of your case. Any Fortress client who isn't completely happy with our level of customer service is strongly encouraged to contact management. Excellent customer service is required of our staff. If that is not happening, management wants to know so that we can correct the problem. We will have someone from management reach out to you within two business days in an effort to make things right.
I was referred to Fortress Financial by a friend and they negotiated the payment agreement for me. Signing up was pretty easy. I just made a phone call and they pretty much told me what it was going to cost. I said okay and I sent them everything they needed and they took care of it. The process took more than a month and I finished the program last August of 2015. Dave was my tax attorney. The communication was great and explained all that I needed to do. Fortress Financial did great for what I paid them. They are very professional and very efficient.
Fortress Financial Services, Inc. expert review by Andrew Poulos
Fortress Financial Services offers tax resolution solutions to protect things like your bank account, business and personal assets and wages from levies, garnishments and seizures. They’ll help you identify a solution that requires the lowest repayment or settlement amount.
Offers in compromise: Fortress Financial can help you settle with the IRS or state taxing authority for less than the full amount owed. They can help you prove things like doubt of collectability, or demonstrating you can’t pay the amount owed in full, and doubt of liability, or establishing doubt as to whether the taxes should be owed.
Penalty abatements: Fortress Financial can help you establish “reasonable cause” so you can qualify for an Abatement of Penalties. Your lawyer will make sure the written request is correct and covers the necessary facts and persuasive legal arguments to obtain an Abatement of Penalties.
Installment agreements: Fortress Financial can help you reach a fair installment agreement with the IRS and make sure your agreement doesn’t fall into default. They will make sure your monthly payments are ones you can easily afford.
Innocent spouse: Fortress Financial will work with individuals who qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief. They can help prove whether it's unfair to hold a spouse liable for back taxes.
Appeals: Fortress Financial has years of experience working with the IRS appeals system. They can help you file for the two main avenues of appeals: Collection Appeals Program (CAP) and Request for a Collection Due Process Hearing (CDP).
Best for: anyone who owes the IRS back taxes.
Fortress Financial Services, Inc. Company Information
- Company Name:
- Fortress Financial Services, Inc.
- Formerly Named:
- Fortress Financial Services, Inc.
- 1011 SW Emkay Drive, Suite 201
- Postal Code:
- United States