Do I Need a Tax Lawyer?
Did you know that your EA (enrolled agent) can be subpoenaed by a grand jury during a criminal investigation and forced to testify against you in a criminal case? Did you know your CPA can be subpoenaed by a grand jury during a criminal investigation and forced to testify against you in a criminal case? Did you know a lawyer cannot be forced to testify against you in a criminal case? Now you have the facts, so how hard is it to choose which of these to work with? If you need the added safety of knowing your tax audit defender cannot be forced to testify against you, the lawyer wins every time. Now that you know you’re safe with a lawyer, you can freely tell him or her everything they need to know in order to defend you. Imagine not having this same freedom with an EA or CPA.
My name is John Ellsworth and I am a tax audit attorney. When you need a tax audit lawyer, it is important to select one with knowledge and experience. A knowledgeable tax attorney will be able to figure out exactly what you owe the IRS, because the IRS often comes up with a highly inflated figure for the amount that you owe in back taxes. They will also be able to guide you throughout the entire process and make sure that your audit is handled properly. A tax audit lawyer will also have unparalleled experience in dealing head on with the IRS. Experience can only be gained by spending time defending people against audits and becoming familiar with how the IRS works.
Dealing with the IRS is a serious matter. The IRS can drastically garnish your wages and place a levy against your bank account. All too often people wait to hire a tax attorney to defend them against the IRS. They do not contact an attorney until the wage garnishments start. At this point an attorney can still help you in getting an offer in compromise or in establishing a repayment plan, but the sooner that you contact an attorney the better the outcome will be.
You should never use a company or EA or CPA to defend you in an IRS audit. They cannot offer you all of the services and confidential protection that an attorney can. An attorney is able to provide you with exclusive confidentiality and more protection than any other CPA or EA or company can. Your personal records and information are protected by the attorney client privilege and cannot be handed over to the IRS. An attorney cannot be bullied by the IRS.
Small business owners can also benefit from the assistance of a tax attorney. An attorney can protect your business and help you to sort out your tax dilemmas so that you don’t have to lose your business. Many small business owners do not even realize the errors that they made on a tax return. An attorney will work with you and the IRS to come up with a repayment plan to satisfy the debt.
If you want to get through your audit as safely as possible, hire a tax audit lawyer as soon as you receive an audit. They will help defend you from the IRS. If it turns out you owe more tax, the lawyer will help you apply for an offer in compromise and tax settlements. They can also successfully represent you in tax court cases. It is imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to maximize your chance at reaching a successful outcome from the audit process.