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What is a Tax Attorney and how can they help?

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A tax attorney is a term commonly used for tax assistance. A tax attorney is someone who represents people facing the prospect of being subjected to tax audits or collections.

Tax lawyer is sometimes a synonym for tax specialist, but in general it refers to a professional who handles legal disputes involving individuals, corporations, government agencies and even has tax agencies as clients. Tax lawyers deal primarily with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but they represent individuals who have had problems with the IRS. Many individuals have issues with the Internal Revenue Service that have not been resolved through negotiation or settlement. Sometimes, this is because the individual who owes money has chosen to avoid the issue or simply chose not to negotiate.

In most cases, the individual owes money to the Internal Revenue Service for some type of error made on a tax return. The issue often arises when the individual does not realize that he or she needs to file a return, or when he or she is unable to follow instructions from the IRS, including the proper mailing instructions for completing forms.

An experienced tax attorney can help an individual to file a timely and accurate tax return, but if the individual chooses to ignore the problem and choose to “forgo” paying the taxes, the IRS has the right to proceed with the case and file a tax lien against the assets of the individual. This can result in the sale of assets to satisfy the debt.

Because the Internal Revenue Service is not a part of the judicial system, tax attorneys are usually considered “attorneys-in-fact” by courts. If you are involved in a situation where an individual has filed a tax lien against your assets, the best option is to hire a competent and experienced tax expert. The attorney-in-fact is likely to be an individual with substantial experience working with tax law. These individuals are often former IRS agents, but many are former prosecutors and are well-versed in how to file appropriate legal paperwork and arguments.

Tax attorneys are often hired by taxpayers that do not meet the criteria for liability relief from the IRS, such as children of tax decedents, students who may owe back taxes, or those who have simply overlooked a filing deadline. If you believe you might have a similar issue, you should contact a qualified tax lawyer so that you can discuss the matter and get the help you need to settle your debt.