If you are in trouble with the IRS, there are several important factors to consider before choosing representation. Consider the level of involvement of the IRS in your issue thus far.
If the IRS is going to audit you because they believe your taxes were fraudulently filed, a tax lawyer will be able to advise you on what to do to avoid severe penalties of up to 75% of taxes you owe. If you owe taxes and paying them will create severe hardship for you, you may be able to enter into an Offer in Compromise agreement with the IRS which will allow you to pay less than your full debt. Although you can get an Offer in Compromise without representation, a tax attorney will be able to increase your offer’s chance for acceptance. In the event that your offer is not accepted, your attorney can advise you on your other options.
You may have a lien placed on your assets or your wages may be garnished because of failure to pay your taxes. With a lien or wage garnishment, the IRS attempts to gain back the value of the taxes you have yet to pay. A tax attorney can help you by getting the lien or wage garnishment removed. If the IRS has already audited your tax returns and determined they were fraudulently filed, a tax attorney can help you get the resulting penalties removed.
To find the best tax lawyer for your needs, do your research. Many attorneys offer free consultations, which is a great opportunity to assess whether you are compatible with that tax lawyer. It may also help to ask others who have had tax problems, and it is essential to make sure they have experience, the proper education, and are a member of the state bar.