A GENERAL LIST OF THE TAX REPRESENTATION SERVICES WE PROVIDE
1. Tax Returns: Tax Preparation for both current tax years and prior unfilled tax year for both individuals and business;
2. Tax Collection Representation: representation before the IRS and other government tax authorities to understand your account and get into installment agreements;
3. Tax Removal: Offer in Compromise Applications; Penalty Abatements; Audit Reconsiderations; tax return amendments; and Collection Due Process Hearings
4. Tax Levy, Garnishment, or Lien Disputes;
5. Tax Audit Representation: IRS and other government tax authority Audits and Audit Appeals;
6. U.S. Tax Court Litigation; and
7. All Other Tax Disputes: Innocent Spouse Relief; Identity Theft, unfair IRS collection actions, and more.
WHY DO I NEED TO HIRE TAX ATTORNEY?
Taxpayers’ lives are busy. It is hard to deal with the IRS while there are other life responsibilities that take precedent. Tax attorneys can help ease the stress and take care of the tax case while the Taxpayer continues with their daily life. Additionally, tax attorneys understand the law and can better help defend the Taxpayer’s rights against the IRS and other tax authorities. It is best the Taxpayer not represent themselves as the IRS and other government agents may take advantage of someone who may not understand their rights. Let us take care of you.
WHAT IS AN OFFER IN COMPROMISE AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
In short, an Offer in Compromise (“OIC”) is an agreement between the Taxpayer and the IRS to pay less tax than the Taxpayer current tax liability. We represent the Taxpayer from submission of the OIC application to the determination by the OIC agent reviewing the Taxpayer’s application. The process involves our attorney reviewing the Taxpayer’s financial statements and better understanding the Taxpayer’s ability to present an offer. Once an offer is submitted, the OIC agents will review the application and make a determination on whether the Taxpayer can full pay, pay less that what is owed but more than what is offered, or accept the Taxpayer’s offer outright.
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO MINIMIZE MY TAX LIABILITY BESIDES AN OFFER IN COMPROMISE?
Yes! If there are penalties on the account, we may attempt a penalty abatement to remove penalties. The Taxpayer must show “reasonable cause” to have these penalties removed, which we can discuss with the Taxpayer in our initial consultation. There are other ways to minimize tax liabilities through Audit Reconsideration (opening a closed audit) or amending returns.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH LIENS, LEVIES AND GARNISHMENTS?
Taxpayers must contact the IRS right away when the IRS submits any levies or garnishments. We will gladly represent the Taxpayer if such situations arise. We have been successful in removing garnishments and levies, but time is certainly of the essence. With regard to liens, there are options to remove liens from the County recorder and your credit report through other types of applications.
I JUST RECEIVED AN AUDIT LETTER, WHAT DO I DO AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
It is best to contact the government contact on the letter right away and request for more time to respond. We represent Taxpayers in all stages of audits. It is important you hire an attorney as some information that is being requested by the IRS could open up more issues and possibly subject the Taxpayer to more tax liability. We can provide you a consultation with regard to your audit matter.
I RECEIVED A LETTER STATING THAT I HAVE TO PETITION THE U.S. TAX COURT, WHAT DO I DO?
A Taxpayer can petition the U.S. Tax Court only after receiving a Notice of Deficiency or a Notice of Determination. A petition to the Tax Court is the last option the Taxpayer has before the assessment is final. It is important the Taxpayer has a tax attorney review the notices and best determine the strategy in Tax Court. We cannot stress enough that a Taxpayer faces an uphill battle when representing themselves before IRS Counsel or even the U.S. Tax Court judge. Please contact us for a consultation.