Consulting with a Tax Attorney

Receiving a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that a taxpayer owes back taxes to the government can best be handled by consulting a tax attorney. A tax attorney is required to attend law school for one to three years in addition to their regular law school attendance. The need for extra attendance at law school for a tax attorney is to acquire a Masters in taxation. When deciding on which tax attorney to consult, a couple of items should be dealt with off the bat. The first of those items is how experienced the tax attorney is in practicing tax law. Does the attorney stay up to date with new tax laws and regulations? The second item is what areas of tax law does the attorney have extensive knowledge and experience with? Those areas are tax regulations, tax laws, tax rulings, appeal procedures, audit procedures, tax litigation and past tax court cases. The third item to consider before choosing a tax attorney is what other areas of the law are they experienced in? Those other areas should be bankruptcy, agency law, contract law and knowledge of accounting practices.

When consulting with a tax attorney because of a letter received from the IRS, the attorney should also be experienced in the fields of negotiation and litigation. It doesn’t happen all the time but sometimes the IRS will accuse a taxpayer of a committing a tax crime, which will require the taxpayer to go to court. The tax attorney will be able to handle the negotiation and litigation processes of appearing in a court of law. A tax attorney will also be experienced in negotiating settlements to keep the case from heading to the courts.

Many experts recommend that a taxpayer should not talk with an IRS Criminal Division Agent before consulting with a tax attorney. A tax attorney has the experience, the knowledge, and is up to date with all of the latest changes and reforms to the tax laws across the country. Tax attorneys across the country offer consultations that can take place over the phone or in person at the attorney’s office. Some attorneys offer prospective clients a free consultation while others do charge a fee.

If you may be dealing with the IRS in regards to a Tax issue, consult with a Certified Local Tax Attorney in your area to review your case for free in exploring some helpful options.

A tax attorney can help a taxpayer in one or more of the following areas:

  • Audit Representation
  • Tax Return Preparation
  • Tax Court Representation
  • Liens, Levies, and Garnishments
  • Offer in Compromise
  • Appeals
  • Unfiled Returns
  • Payroll Taxes
  • All Federal, States, and Local Taxes
  • Individuals, Corporations, and Partnerships
  • Forming and Maintaining Corporations, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Business Agreements
  • Collection of Delinquent Accounts
  • Employment Contracts
  • Purchase or Sale of Businesses

When the IRS contacts a taxpayer, the taxpayer should never work on their case alone. Consulting a tax attorney will make things easier on the taxpayer and all of their questions can be answered by the attorney. Not only can a tax attorney help on individual tax returns they can also help with corporate issues, payroll issues, estate issues, property issues, capital gains, personal income taxes and deductions.

As an advisor to a taxpayer, a tax attorney can provide his or her clients with one or more of the following:

  • Provide feedback regarding relevant laws for a particular case
  • Identify the weaknesses in a client’s legal position
  • Catch and identify errors that might occur in IRS calculations
  • Draft all of the necessary legal papers for the case
  • Suggest to the client that mediation or arbitration is the better route to choose instead of litigation


If you may be dealing with the IRS in regards to a Tax issue, consult with a Certified Local Tax Attorney in your area to review your case for free in exploring some helpful options.