When a taxpayer has problems with the Internal Revenue Service, or
the state department of revenue, he may be able to solve it himself.
However, with the intricacies of U.S. tax law being what they are, the
taxpayer may find himself better served in hiring a tax attorney.
A tax attorney specializes in working with taxpayers to solve their
problems with the IRS or state revenue department. In fact, they generally
focus only on tax issues and relief. A tax attorney can help a taxpayer
in trouble make it through an audit, have fines reduced, liens removed,
and can navigate through the minefield of small business and self-employment
Many small business owners consider their tax attorney to be as vital
as their accountant. This is because a good tax attorney can help head
off tax problems before they even begin. He or she can see potential
trouble spots for a business and can advise the owner how to avoid them.
U.S. tax law is not only labyrinthine in structure, it also changes
nearly every year. Thus, a good tax attorney will keep up with the latest
changes and can advise clients accordingly. A tax attorney may also
be helpful when setting up trust funds, stock portfolios and the like,
so a taxpayer doesn't run into unexpected surprises on April 15.