When You Should Consult a Tax Attorney



While some tax matters can be handled by a CPA or Enrolled Agent, there are times when you may need to have a tax attorney by your side in dealing with the IRS. Getting an IRS notice in the mail can be stressful, as is dealing with the IRS on your own. A tax attorney will know IRS tax codes and tax law, and is better equipped to represent you in complex tax matters and even in tax court. Here are a few reasons to contact a tax attorney:

IRS Tax Disputes or Audits

In the event you are disputing the amount of tax owed to the IRS or if you are facing an audit, you will need skilled representation before the IRS. A tax attorney can negotiate with the IRS on your behalf in all tax proceedings. Furthermore, you have the  benefit of attorney-client privilege; your tax attorney is bound by this edict and can’t testify against you in court.

IRS Negotiations

A tax attorney can represent you when negotiating with the IRS regarding an Offer In Compromise, for example, or when negotiating an Installment Agreement. A tax attorney can also help in more dire situations–such as tax evasion charges–that an Enrolled Agent and CPA are not qualified to address.

A tax attorney can reassure the IRS that you are taking steps to remedy the situation. They can also represent you before the IRS, negotiate with the IRS on your behalf, and represent you in court if you face charges for a tax-related crime.

Other Tax  Matters

If you refuse to pay taxes, file a tax return, or refuse disclose all sources of income, the IRS could charge you with tax evasion or tax fraud. With those charges come fines, interest on taxes owed, legal fees, and incarceration. The IRS means business and this is not the time to be without legal representation. A tax attorney can represent you and protect your legal rights.

Whatever you do, if you receive a notice from the IRS, don’t toss it aside out of fear or in hopes they will forget and not send another one. They can and will send another notice or warning, so open that envelope. If you are facing a serious tax matter or need someone to represent you before the IRS, contact a skilled and licensed tax attorney.

A good tax attorney will protect your rights, negotiate with the IRS on your behalf, and explain things to you free of IRS jargon. A good attorney will be honest with you regarding cost, timeframe for resolution, and validity of your case. You might even get some peace of mind in the bargain, so it pays to call on a tax attorney sooner rather than later.

Tomorrow: Questions to ask a tax attorney before hiring them.


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