Do You Or Don’t You Need A Tax Lawyer?by Ronald Stearns (IRS Defense Inc.)
If you are struggling with tax debt or tax questions, you may be looking into hiring a tax attorney. Tax lawyers know the ins- and –outs of the law and can often get you the tax help you need.
So when do you need to hire a tax attorney?
One reason to hire a tax lawyer is if the IRS has reviewed your submitted tax returns, and has found an error. This means that either you submitted your returns yourself, or perhaps the CPA you
hired made a mistake. In which case, there is no point in doing the math again. The IRS has spoken. A tax attorney can work with the IRS to make sure your rights are being respected.
A tax attorney can also help with interpretation of tax laws. They can represent the taxpayer in court and use their thorough knowledge of the law to help their client pay less. There are often tax
resolutions that your average taxpayer is not familiar with, and the tax attorney can inform his or her client of their options. Once a taxpayer decides on the best route of repayment, the tax attorney can help with make sure all qualifications are met, and the paperwork is submitted correctly. One of these options is the Offer of Compromise, in which a taxpayer who is otherwise up to date but cannot pay the total amount due can offer a smaller payment amount. A tax attorney will know how low the offered amount can safely go, while still being accepted by the IRS. A tax lawyer can let you know if an offer of compromise is the best route for you if you are experiencing a tax debt that you cannot repay.
Hiring a qualified tax attorney can be beneficial because taxes are regulated based on laws. A good, qualified lawyer is familiar with the language and span of the law, and can use that knowledge in
the best interest of his or her client. They may even be able to help put a stop to wage garnishments, liens on personal property, or collections, depending on the nature of your issue. The IRS is capable of garnishing money directly from a taxpayer’s bank account if money is owed. If you experience problems in the filing of your tax paperwork, or in making payments, it is a good idea to seek representation of a tax attorney as soon as you can.