Are you dealing with any of the following problems?
- IRS tax audit
- IRS criminal charge(s)
- Owe back taxes to the IRS
- Removal of a tax lien or levy
- Undisclosed foreign bank account
- Compromise or installment agreement
- Other complex issues related to taxes
These issues are best dealt with by a good tax attorney. A good tax attorney has a comprehensive understanding of tax law and how to deal with the IRS. If you are being audited by the IRS a tax attorney will negotiate a settlement and help you settle your debt for less, either through an offer in compromise or an installment agreement. If you are being pursued by the IRS for criminal charges, usually due to tax fraud or evasion, a tax attorney can help you to reduce penalties and stay out of jail.
The IRS is a complicated government agency that is best dealt with by a professional. A good tax attorney should have advanced training in tax law, make sure to ask your potential attorney about their experience, specifically in cases like the one you are dealing with. Communication is also key. You want someone with the skill to negotiate a decent settlement. Your benefit depends on the attorney’s ability and experience to communicate effectively. All of your options should be made clear to you first and foremost.
Some other important qualities to look for in a tax attorney include personality, availability, credibility and fees. The personal chemistry between you and your lawyer is just as important as how experienced or well recommended an attorney may be. The tax attorney you choose has to be available when you are. You should be able to contact them and speak to them directly in the event of an emergency. Deadlines, research and timely analysis are all crucial to your case when facing the IRS.
A tax attorney’s credibility is also important. As a customer, you should be able to ask about past experiences and seek references. Last but certainly not least is the fees associated with a tax attorney’s services. Make sure that you are aware of all of the costs and fees that your attorney will charge ahead of time. While fees are an important factor in choosing an appropriate attorney, know that comparing one attorney with another on the basis of fees alone is not a good idea. The lowest hourly fees may not indicate the best value in legal work.
Overall, a good tax attorney is someone who you feel will bring you the best result against the IRS in a timely, professional manner.