When to Hire a Tax Lawyer
There are many tax-related issues that taxpayers can handle on their own. Certain matters, such as filing a return or amending a previous filing are fairly simple, and (for the most part) can be done from the comfort of your own home. However, there are times when dealing with IRS issues can become extremely complex, and even the smallest of mistakes can cause a taxpayer to owe thousands of dollars to the government, lead to federal lawsuits, and even result in a tax crime charge. When dealing with more complicated tax matters, it’s always a good idea to consult with a tax lawyer. Tax lawyers have both experience in dealing with the IRS and courts, and extensive knowledge on all things tax-related that the average taxpayer would not likely know.
Wondering whether or not you should hire a tax attorney? Below are some of the most common reasons for hiring a legal professional.
It’s very easy to mess up when filing taxes. Unfortunately, when it comes to the IRS, sometimes even the smallest of errors can result in extensive penalties. However, if you received a notice from the IRS that there was a mistake in your tax-related paperwork, and you disagree, a tax lawyer can do a thorough review of your case and determine the best course of action. Fighting the IRS on your own is nothing short of an uphill battle. Best to leave dispute resolutions in the hands of a professional, who can point out and provide all necessary documentation to back your case.
IRS not Cooperating
If you’ve attempted to contact the IRS for help in extending your tax deadline, requesting paperwork, or to address any kind of dispute and have been unsuccessful in speaking with an agent or getting your issues resolved, you’re not alone. The worst part is that deadlines and penalties can apply if you don’t fix the matter swiftly. If you’ve been unsuccessful in speaking with an IRS representative, have not had any letters you may have mailed acknowledged, or if the IRS refuses to assist in general, it’s time to seek legal counsel. Tax attorneys can both write letters using the precise legal terminology that will get the IRS to listen to your needs, and can also call a branch directly to have your matter handled quickly and efficiently. Always remember, it’s a lot harder to ignore an attorney than a regular taxpayer.
Tax Violations and Crimes
If you have been accused of committing a tax-related crime, such as tax evasion or tax fraud, get thee to an attorney’s office immediately – especially if you believe you were wrongfully accused. Tax crimes can lead to severe penalties, including fines, court fees, and even incarceration. Any tax crime is a serious matter, and should be handled by a tax lawyer. Never attempt to resolve any criminal charges on your own and do not speak to an IRS agent, as you may inadvertently incriminate yourself when providing information.
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