How to Choose a Tax Attorney to Assist You

Choosing a Tax Attorney

There are a number of things you should consider when choosing a tax professional or tax attorney to assist you with your tax problem:

Hire a Tax Professional

If you are facing a challenging audit with the potential for a large tax bill or for harsh penalties, a tax attorney, who is trained in negotiation skills and understands tax law will be best suited to negotiate a favorable outcome.  A tax attorney also offers the advantage of confidentiality – any information you give to your tax attorney is protected by attorney-client privilege.

IRS Experience

An attorney who focuses on IRS issues and controversies will be most familiar with the inner workings of the Internal Revenue Service.  Tax controversy attorneys interact with the IRS on a daily basis and develop a unique insight on how to handle tax issues.  An attorney who has worked for the IRS will have even a better grasp on how to effectively communicate with the Internal Revenue Service.

Advanced Degree

A tax attorney with an LL.M. (Master’s Law Degree) in taxation has demonstrated a commitment to being an above-average tax attorney and is academically qualified to work within the field of tax law.

Communication

A good tax attorney will keep their clients informed and up-to-date while they are working to resolve the clients’ tax problems.

Perseverance

It takes time and perseverance to find the best resolution to a tax problem and to persuade the IRS to grant the relief to which a taxpayer is entitled.  Good tax attorneys can persevere to get results.

Reputation

Finally, before you hire a tax attorney you should research their reputation.  Do a Google search and find out what past clients have said about the attorney.  Check the state bar’s website and see if they have ever been the subject of disciplinary action.  You can also ask other attorneys about their reputation in the legal community.

Written by Robert V. Boeshaar

Robert V. Boeshaar

Robert V. Boeshaar is a Seattle tax attorney committed to helping individuals and small businesses who are facing problems with the IRS. He believes in using his experience to serve others and to make a difference in their lives.