As we discussed in a previous post, there may come a time when you need to hire a tax lawyer. If and when that day comes, you will definitely want to hire the RIGHT tax lawyer, someone with the skills and experience to help you deal successfully with your specific IRS problem. How do you determine if this is the right tax attorney for you? Here are a few questions you can ask.
Proper IRS Credentials
Is the tax lawyer an IRS Licensed Practitioner? Can he or she represent you on any IRS tax matters such as audits, payment/collection issues, and appeals? The IRS publishes a Directory of properly credentialed tax lawyers and other tax professionals in your area.
You can also ask about professional societies and organizations that your tax lawyer belongs to. Many professional societies, such as the American Society of IRS Problem Solvers, have rigorous ethical standards and ongoing educational requirements for their members.
Level of Experience
How long has your tax lawyer been in practice? How experienced are they in representing clients with your type of IRS tax problems? How successful has this tax lawyer been in representing clients with income tax problems such as yours?
A Concentration in Tax Law
One major question you should ask a tax lawyer is about his or her professional focus. Are they primarily a tax lawyer, or an attorney that does tax law – as well as family law, real estate law and others? Whatever your IRS tax problem, it makes sense to hire a lawyer who works in income tax law consistently, one who negotiates with the IRS on a regular basis and who has a firm command of the tax code, tax law changes, loopholes, and legal tools and remedies.
Contact IRS Away Today
IRS Away welcomes questions like these, because we have the credentials, the experience, and a track record of success in dealing with IRS tax problems like yours. If you live in or around Columbia SC and are experiencing income tax problems, help is nearby. Contact tax attorney Joseph M. Arndt III at (803) 771-4037 for a free consultation.