Experienced Tax Attorney in Orange County CA
Our firm consists of our lead attorney, Paul Vargas, who is a highly experienced tax attorney in Orange County CA. Mr. Vargas represents both individuals and businesses located in Orange County. A tax attorney is necessary when taxpayers have tax disputes with the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, Employer Development Department, and the Department of Tax and Fee Administration. We are ready to review your tax matter at our initial consultation in our Orange County office. Please contact us!
Tax Attorney in Orange County CA – Tax Representation Services
This is a general list of the tax representation services we provide:
- Tax Returns: Tax Preparation for both current tax years and prior unfilled tax year for both individuals and business;
- Tax Collection Representation: representation before the IRS and other government tax authorities to understand your account and get into installment agreements;
- Tax Removal: Offer in Compromise Applications; Penalty Abatements; Audit Reconsiderations; tax return amendments; and Collection Due Process Hearings
- Tax Levy, Garnishment, or Lien Disputes;
- Tax Audit Representation: IRS and other government tax authority Audits and Audit Appeals;
- U.S. Tax Court Litigation; and
- All Other Tax Disputes: Innocent Spouse Relief; Identity Theft, unfair IRS collection actions, and more.
Ask Our Tax Attorney in Orange County CA a Question
Why do I need to hire tax attorney?
Taxpayers have busy lives. Other life responsibilities with higher priority can make it hard to deal with the IRS. A tax attorney can help alleviate the stress by taking care of the Taxpayer’s tax case, allowing the Taxpayer to continue with their daily life. Tax attorneys also understand the law, which means they can expertly defend the Taxpayer’s rights against the IRS and other tax authorities. We do not recommend that Taxpayers represent themselves. The IRS and other government agencies could take advantage of a Taxpayer who does not fully understand their rights. Let our experienced tax attorney in Orange County CA take care of you.
What is an Offer in Compromise?
In short, an Offer in Compromise (“OIC”) is an agreement made between the Taxpayer and the IRS in which the Taxpayers pays less tax than their existing tax liability.
What is the Offer in Compromise process?
During the Offer in Compromise process we represent the Taxpayer from submission of the OIC application to the final determination by the OIC agent reviewing the Taxpayer’s application. During this time our attorney reviews the Taxpayer’s financial statements to more fully understand their capacity to present an offer. Once an offer is submitted, the OIC agents will review the application and decide whether the Taxpayer can full pay, pay less than the amount owing but more than what is offered, or accept the Taxpayer’s offer outright.
How Do I know if I am eligible to send an offer in compromise application?
We offer a free initial consultation with the Taxpayer, which gives us a good understanding of their financial situation and current tax account, and what these signify for an OIC application. If we feel the Taxpayer is not likely to have an offer accepted, we will not accept their case. We will however provide other options in such cases to minimize the IRS tax burden.
Are there other ways to minimize my tax liability besides an Offer in Compromise?
Yes. In cases where there are penalties on the account, we can try a penalty abatement to get the penalties removed from the Taxpayer’s account. In this case the Taxpayer needs to be able to show “reasonable cause” to get these penalties removed. We discuss these in our initial consultation with the Taxpayer. We also discuss other ways to minimize tax liabilities via Audit Reconsideration (opening a closed audit) or amending returns.
What can I do with liens, levies and garnishments?
If a Taxpayer receives a levy or garnishment from the IRS they need to contact the IRS straight away. We will gladly act on behalf of the Taxpayer in these situations. We have very successfully had levies and garnishments removed but time is of the essence. When it comes to liens, there are ways to have these removed from your credit report and the County recorder through other types of applications.
I just received an audit letter, what do I do and what is the process?
You should contact the government contact listed on the letter immediately and request more time to reply. At Vargas Law we represent Taxpayers throughout all audit stages. It is important to hire a tax attorney to assist with your audit because some information requested by the IRS may lead to more issues that will increase your tax liability. We can provide an expert consult to discuss your audit matter.
I received a letter stating that I have to petition the U.S. Tax Court, what do I do?
A Taxpayer may only petition the U.S. Tax Court A Taxpayer may only petition the U.S. Tax Court after receiving a Notice of Deficiency or a Notice of Determination (in some cases). A petition to the Tax Court is a Taxpayer’s last opportunity to have their assessment amended before it’s made final. Therefore it is very important the Taxpayer gets a tax attorney to examine the notice and decide the most effective strategy in Tax Court. We cannot stress enough the uphill battle a Taxpayer faces when they represent themselves before IRS Counsel or even the U.S. Tax Court judge. Please contact us at our Orange County office for a consultation.