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When Should I Hire a Tax Attorney?

Posted by Pietro E. Canestrelli | Jul 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

When should you hire a tax attorney? This is an important question, and the answer depends on your specific situation. There are some cases in which it is absolutely essential to have legal representation. In other instances, a lawyer may not be necessary. Regardless, it's good to know your options and which cases call for legal representation.

In this post, we will explore when you should seek out professional help from a tax attorney. Weighing the pros and cons of hiring legal counsel will help you make an informed decision about your next step. Keep in mind that every situation is different, so please consult with a qualified tax specialist for individualized advice.

What does a tax attorney do?

A tax attorney is a legal professional who helps individuals and businesses with tax controversies. They represent clients before federal and California state taxing authorities, with the objective of resolving disputes prior to litigation. At times, tax litigation is unavoidable or in the individual's best interest.

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If you are experiencing any tax-related issue, it is in your best interest to consult with a tax attorney. They can help you understand your rights and obligations, and may be able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.

What areas can a tax attorney help me in?

Most tax attorneys will offer a free initial consultation. You can use this opportunity to explain your situation and ask any questions you have about the steps you'll be taking to head in the right direction.

In general, tax attorneys can help with a variety of tax-related issues, including filing taxes, resolving tax debts, negotiating payment plans, and appealing IRS decisions. 

IRS Audits

An audit is something no taxpayer ever wants to dream of going through, but the truth is that over half a million individuals were audited in 2021. So if you think you can get away with fudging some numbers on your return, just remember that it could happen to you.

A tax attorney can be a valuable asset if you find yourself facing a tax audit. The audit process can be complex and confusing, leaving some people scared and confused. That's a combination no one wants to feel. 

Taxpayers are at a disadvantage because of the asymmetry of knowledge but an attorney can help you navigate it and ensure that you are compliant with tax laws.

Tax Collection Disputes

At times, taxpayers do not respond to their audits in a timely manner. If you owe taxes and are unable to pay, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about your options.

However, a tax professional can help you in such situations with solutions including Collection Due Process (CDP) request, Offer in Compromise request, and Innocent Spouse Relief. A tax attorney can review your case and help determine which solution is best for you. Each option has its own requirements and tax attorneys can help you determine which one is right for your situation.

The tax attorney can also represent you in negotiations with the IRS and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.

CA tax attorney walking a client through a tax audit

Non-controversy advice

Even when you're not dealing with issues, you can still seek out tax professionals for non-controversy advice. Coincidentally, The Law Office of Pietro Canestrelli also specializes in providing taxpayers with expert guidance when there is no current controversy. 

If you're facing a tax audit, have a dispute with the IRS, or just need expert guidance, strongly consider hiring a tax attorney. Tax attorneys have the experience and expertise to help you resolve your issue quickly and efficiently.

Contact The Law Office of Pietro Canestrelli if you find yourself in such situations. No one wants to be plagued by the IRS.


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Pietro E. Canestrelli

J.D. LL.M Taxation Certified Bar Tax Specialist CEO


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