Tax attorneys are lawyers that have the qualifications and the skills to resolve complex tax problems such as tax debt resolution, lien removal, tax evasion and fraud resolution, prevention and cessation of IRS collection actions, handling suits against the IRS, IRS appeals and providing legal advice to individuals and businesses. They specialize in specific areas of the tax code, depending on their area of expertise. Tax attorneys have the legal right to choose which taxpayers to represent and which tax cases to handle. They can represent taxpayers before any administrative department of the IRS.
Help from a tax attorney can be sought in cases that require extensive paperwork, professional representation, or negotiations with the IRS. Tax attorneys help in preparing a tax case, choosing the most appropriate resolution process, presenting a case before the IRS and negotiating its terms. For simple cases such as tax debt resolution achieved by paying the full tax debt amount in a single payment, taxpayers do not necessarily need to hire professional assistance. They can follow the advice of the IRS to resolve their tax problem.
When seeking advice from the IRS, it must be remembered that the agency provides guidance that is in their favor. To explore options that can provide you a more favorable resolution, you should research the type of the tax problem you are facing and seek advice from tax professionals. It is wise to gather information about the methods of resolution, and your rights, responsibilities and options before contacting the IRS.
Tax attorneys have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the tax code and IRS policies. Accurate and comprehensive analysis of a tax case is the first important step towards successful resolution. Tax attorneys have a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and may have further specialization in a particular area of the tax code. Their knowledge helps them not only to prepare a tax case correctly, but also allows them to predict the possible outcomes of each step of the resolution process.
Analysis of a case must be done not only before presenting it before the IRS, but after every step of the resolution process. The best possible resolution of a tax problem can only be achieved if the progress of a case is analyzed correctly at each step and changes are made accordingly.
Often, taxpayers are unequipped to represent a tax case because of the legal and technical knowledge required for the process. When representing a tax case, tax attorneys provide the following help to taxpayers:
How competently a tax case is presented before the IRS plays an important role in a resolution. Both the IRS and tax attorneys are bound by tax laws, but a tax attorney uses their legal knowledge to present arguments that help the taxpayer receive the most benefits from a resolution.
In the most complex tax cases, negotiation with the IRS becomes a part of the resolution process. When negotiating with the IRS, it is essential to use tax laws and IRS policies to present arguments for backing up claims. Negotiations not only require knowledge, but also practice. If you have a complex tax case that might require negotiation, it is advisable to hire a tax attorney.