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Should you hire a tax lawyer to help with your tax problems?

Posted by Ben Pruett | Aug 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sometimes taxpayers with tax problems decide to face the IRS on their own. Sometimes they hire a professional but not someone who specializes in tax resolution. The best thing to do when faced with an IRS Problem is to hire an expert in tax resolution so you can get the best result possible. 

Even if you owe $10,000 or less, have all your income tax returns filed, and are able to pay the amount due over 36 months with a guaranteed a monthly Installment Agreement (payment plan), it's good to pay a small fee to have a professional set it up for you.  

Here are the top 4 reasons why hiring a tax lawyer is the smart thing to do if you owe money to the IRS

1.  You have rights as a taxpayer. One of those rights is the right to representation. If an IRS revenue officer or revenue agent calls or “visits” you, did you know you are under no obligation to answer any of their (very intrusive and condescending) questions? You politely respond by asking for their contact information and telling them you are in the process of hiring a professional to represent you and that this person will contact them directly.  A tax lawyer who specializes in tax resolution knows the “ins” and “outs” and how to deal with the IRS so that your rights are protected. A tax resolution specialist also knows how to get you the lowest possible settlement. Generally, our clients never meet or speak with the IRS once we are engaged.

2. If you owe more than $10,000, the IRS has many NEW flexible programs available to taxpayers such as Offer in Compromise, Partial Pay Installment Agreements, Payment Plans, Penalty Reduction, and Currently Not Collectible Status. Each carries its own unique process, procedures and qualifications. Having an experienced tax lawyer in your corner ensures you are taking advantage of the best options available to you.

3. Having unfiled returns justifies retaining professional help. Generally the IRS won't throw you in jail unless the taxpayer is deemed to owe a lot and is uncooperative about getting the returns filed. Hiring a professional to represent you is the smartest move you can make here.

4. If you are being audited or about to be - The IRS will ask you about 50 very intrusive questions in the initial interview with them. How you answer these questions will dictate the fate of your case. Having a tax resolution specialist conduct these meetings, WITHOUT you is the best course of action we can recommend. Half of the referrals to the IRS's criminal investigation division (CID) originate from audits.

One last thing….ask yourself this question: Would you go to court without a lawyer? If you answered “yes” hopefully you know the law inside and out concerning your case, but if representing yourself doesn't seem like a good idea then it's best to hire somebody who is well versed in the subject matter. Well, it's the same thing with the IRS. Having someone who knows how to negotiate and deal with the IRS may be the best money you've ever spent!

About the Author

Ben Pruett

Ben Pruett is a tax lawyer and a CPA who focuses on civil and criminal tax controversies. He represents individuals and businesses in all types of federal and state civil and criminal tax controversy matters. With his extensive knowledge of the tax code and a strategic approach, Ben works diligently to provide best-in-class service and he helps clients reach a successful resolution to their tax problems. 

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