There are any number of possible scenarios in which you should never be afraid to seek the professional advice and assistance of a qualified tax attorney. Hiring a tax relief attorney isn’t advisable only in extreme situations, such as when you are being investigated for possible tax evasion or outright tax fraud. There are many situations in which you may require assistance to guide you through the complex, convoluted, and rapidly changing climate of the modern American tax system. If you are bewildered by tax issues which arise as a consequence of running a small business, or a personal stock portfolio, you should certainly seek out a qualified tax attorney to answer any questions you may have. We answer the complicated question, “When do you need a Tax Attorney?”.
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Situations In Which You May Need A Qualified Tax Attorney
- Do you owe more than $10,000 in back taxes to the IRS?
- Are you being threatened by IRS collections? (Levies, liens, garnishment, etc,)
- Are you currently planning to bring a lawsuit against the IRS?
- Are you currently being investigated by the IRS?
- Do you think you may have (or do you know for certain that you have) committed tax fraud?
- Do you disagree with a tax decision which the IRS has handed down to you?
- Are you starting a business? If so, you may need advice on how to structure your new company. For example, you may need expert advice on whether to make your new business an LLC, corporation, or sole proprietorship.
- Are you involved in starting a new business which will be based overseas?
- Are you preparing your estate plan? Or filing an estate tax return?
- Are you dealing with any other sort of tax issue which you plainly don’t understand?
What Your Tax Attorney Should Possess
The tax attorney that you hire to represent you and resolve your taxation issues should be duly qualified for their position. That is to say that they should possess, at the absolute minimum, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. They should be able to quickly show documented proof of having been admitted to the state bar. In an ideal situation, your tax attorney should possess advanced tax law training, such as would enable them to possess a Master of Laws degree.
You should be very careful and diligent when searching for a tax attorney. Make sure that they possess the minimum qualifications described above. Ask for a reference from your personal accountant or banker, or check your local bar association chapter for a reference.