Reasons to Hire a Tax Attorney and Not a CPA for IRS Problems

While there are many reasons to hire a local tax attorney for tax problem resolution there are two major reasons above all others.

Reason One – Confidentiality

If you are in trouble with the IRS only an attorney can give you the attorney-client privilege. Why is the attorney-client privilege important for tax law cases? Easy - your attorney is exempt from testifying against you. That’s right, should your tax liability case go to trial, and you have chosen to work with a CPA or tax preparer for help, your CPA could actually be made to testify against you!

The very people most familiar with your tax and financial situation would be forced to spill the beans on any damaging information they may have during your trial. Don’t take this risk, only work with a certified tax attorney if the IRS is taking actions against you.

Two – Expertise to Make the Right Decisions

Only a Tax lawyer will have the experience in achieving tax settlements. While a CPA may be familiar with some tax settlement programs, they will not have a full understanding of the ins and outs of the various programs. Tax laws and codes are complex and many times change yearly. In addition there are many programs available a troubled taxpayer can use to settle or reduce the amount of tax liability owed but only an experienced tax attorney will know how to qualify you and to determine both the best program to use. In addition many of the programs that can help have a down side, an attorney can inform you of any negative consequences resulting from any debt settlement program.

Furthermore only an attorney will be experienced in working on cases with the IRS. Many times the IRS will not accept the initial offers and the process can go on for a long time. An experienced Sarasota tax attorney will not panic and know how to adjust your settlement offer or appeals to gain a successful tax debt resolution.

Being under collections process from the IRS is a dangerous time and the wrong advice can be very costly. Do not take any chances with your financial future, hire a tax attorney and get your tax settlement case resolved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Attorney Mary E. King
As a dedicated IRS Tax attorney Mary has been helping clients get tax debt relief by negotiating currently non-collectible status, offers in compromise, installment agreements, innocent spouse cases, audits, removing levies, releasing liens, and negotiating penalty abatement.

Mary's career as a IRS tax attorney began in 1993 after graduating from Stetson University College of Law. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in 1988 and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Wake Forest University, Babcock Graduate School of Management in 1990. Her career in tax law has primarily focused in IRS tax representation, estate planning, probate as well as mortgage foreclosure defense.

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication at the time it was written. It is not intended to provide legal advice or suggest a guaranteed outcome as individual situations will differ and the law may have changed since publication. Readers considering legal action should consult with an experienced lawyer to understand current laws they may affect a case. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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