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Tax Attorneys Now
The complex and technical field of tax law creates the need for many people and businesses to use the help of tax attorneys.
Tax Law Litigation Attorneys
A tax attorney is a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the field of tax law. They tend to be specialists in federal, state, and municipal rules pertaining to tax liability and the process of taxation. They typically deal with tax processes that relate to estate transfers, material and intellectual property acquisitions, business transactions of all kinds, and income from all sources.
Tax attorney clients often include individuals, business and corporate entities, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations. Many clients consult with their tax attorney on a regular basis whereas others only need to enlist the help of a tax attorney when issues arise. Tax attorneys are often involved in litigation for disputes that cannot be resolved outside of the courtroom but many of their clients do not ever wind up needing them to work in this capacity.
Tax Attorney vs Certified Public Accountant
A tax attorney and certified public accountant (CPA) are both professionals who are educated to help taxpayers but their roles are different from one another.
A tax attorney is a legal professional that specializes in tax law and the legal side of tax preparation. They have a law degree and have passed the bar exam(s) for the jurisdiction(s) in which they practice. Tax attorneys have a unique and advantageous position from which to deal with legal tax matters such as, halting wage garnishment, undoing property liens and account levies, to help with unfiled returns, and to negotiate compromises with the IRS. A good tax attorney who is experienced with successfully helping clients in the past, should have solid knowledge of tax controversy and a track record of helping their clients prevail in dispute resolutions.
Certified Public Accountant
A CPA is a tax professional who has completed a five-year business degree and at least 150 hours of education, has passed an extensive CPA exam, and continues to complete at least 120 hours of continuing education every three years. A CPA is not necessarily the title you expect to see at the average tax preparation chain (such as H&R Block, Turbo Tax, etc.) Employees at these establishments are typically accountants but they have only gone through about 60 – 80 hours of training in tax preparation and have not passed the CPA licensing exam. When people have complicated tax situations, it is recommended they hire a CPA and have an ongoing relationship with them but when people have tax troubles, a tax attorney is likely the better route to take.
If you are in a situation where you are having trouble with the IRS, it is recommended to enlist the help of a tax attorney rather than a CPA because a tax attorney is trained to communicate with the IRS and other tax agencies, as well as being equipped to handle legal tax matters.
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