What I mean is, should I hire a tax attorney to deal with the back taxes I owe, or is that something I can tackle myself? I never thought I could figure out all this credit scoring/repair stuff, but I feel pretty confident about it now, so I'm wondering if I could do the same with my tax problems? Brief background: DH and I havent filed taxes for a few years. Long story short, we were owed income tax returns, but we were afraid to file because there were inaccurate child support issues, and we were afraid the govt would take all our refunds and apply them to what they think he owes in child support. We kept trying to fix the inaccuracies, but dealing with Child Support Enforcement is like talking to a brick wall. Anyway, the last 2 years, DH claimed 'exempt' status and didnt pay anything, so obviously, we owe the IRS. They havent come after us at all, but we're afraid they will soon, and I dont even want to know how horrible it would be to have a tax lien on our Credit Reports. We think we owe around 15,000, and we're ready to pay up, but we'd like to either make payments, or (ideally) make what's called an "Offer in Compromise" which is essentially an offer to settle a debt for less than the original amount. I've researched a bit about tax attorneys, and the best I've found so far wants $1,500.00 up front! and then, if he can get the IRS to settle for an "offer in compromise" he wants us to pay him another $1,000.00. So what do you guys think? Is paying a tax attorney to fix my tax problems a waste? (like paying for credit repair is?) Could I do this myself? Anyone know of any do-it-yourself tax sites as good as this one is for credit repair? thanks.