I have been through dozens of hurricane seasons, including Hurricane Hugo back in 1989, and I am still utterly amazed by the complete devastation these storms cause year in and year out. Every season we witness the loss of life, loss of homes, and financial hardship these hurricanes leave in their paths.
And despite these hardships, the unfortunate truth is that the victims who owed a tax debt before the hurricanes, still owe the tax debt afterward. I can understand the plight of these hurricane victims. And I would like to help as many as I can. That is why I have decided to offer our clients who are victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike some flexibility when it comes to making payments to JK Harris.
I have learned in the past that in many instances, people in these situations have to make tough choices concerning the bills they were paying before these storms caused such a disruption to their lives and their pocketbooks. Sometimes they choose to stop paying for necessary services, like tax resolution, in order to put food on the table. That may lessen the financial crunch they are feeling, but it doesn’t lessen their tax debt. In fact, that debt will actually continue to grow and multiply with penalties and interest.
So, I am offering these victims, or survivors if you will, a way to extend their time to make payments to us and hopefully they won’t have to make those tough choices I mentioned. This will allow them some financial freedom during their time of recovery and still allow us to continue working on their tax issues and come to their needed resolution without interruption.
The last thing we want is for these survivors to be haunted by tax issues during this trying time. We want these survivors to focus on their recovery and let us handle their tax issues.