Choosing the Right Tax Attorney
Dealing with the IRS can be a frustrating experience, there’s no need to add more anxiety trying to find the right tax attorney or tax relief law firm. Here are some tips to help you select a lawyer that can help you wade through IRS-speak and tax law.
First, an important note: A reputable tax attorney or tax relief firm will not require money up front or make exorbitant promises of cutting your tax bill up to 80% off. Also, they won’t contact you. If someone is calling saying you have an unpaid tax bill with the IRS and they can take care of it for you—chances are, it’s a scam. Unfortunately, these types of scams are becoming more common. The IRS will only contact you via mail. Any emails attempting to collect on behalf of the IRS can be disregarded.
Many tax relief law firms and tax attorneys have websites that will detail their services. We recommend taking a look to learn what kind of services they provide. A good tax relief law firm should have a sizable support staff and a few tax attorneys on their payroll to ensure personal service and attention. Make sure any tax relief law firms you contact specialize in issues similar to yours, whether it be unpaid taxes, offshore holdings, or an audit.
A trustworthy tax relief law firm will be happy to tell you about their experiences with similar cases. Many offer free consultations that will allow you to discuss your case with a knowledgeable tax attorney and learn more about how they’ve dealt with similar cases.
While this may be your first time dealing with the IRS, a good tax law attorney has been around the block. After you’ve discussed your case with them, they should be able to give you some idea about how they will handle your case and what they believe the realistic outcome will be. A good tax lawyer will honestly discuss your case with you.
Don’t be afraid to ask what it will cost to engage a tax attorney’s services. You will be entering a legal contract and should now what is expected of you. Pay attention to how an attorney addresses this issue with you and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you need it. This is your case, after all.
During your consultation, make sure to learn how your tax attorney will contact you moving forward. Will someone be calling you to inform you about progress in your case, or will you be receiving a letter? Will your lawyer be call you, or someone from his or her support staff? Ask questions so you can better know what to expect.
As you’re discussing your potential case with a tax law attorney, ask yourself:
Do I trust this person?
Do I feel comfortable talking to this tax lawyer?
Am I being listened to?
Will I be a priority at this tax relief firm?
Tax issues aren’t fun and choosing a trustworthy tax law attorney shouldn’t add to your troubles. Doing some research about the attorney or tax relief law firm beforehand can help prepare you to discuss your case and help you find the right firm. If you feel like a partner in the process and that your questions are being answered, great! Now you and your new tax attorney or tax relief law firm can start tackling your IRS issues together.