by Max Bellamy
Tax attorneys are legal professionals who advise people in terms of tax planning and represent clients in cases of tax disputes or problems with the government. A tax attorney's job involves much more than just representing a party in case of civil or criminal lawsuits related to taxation. It also involves advising people beforehand on the legal intricacies of tax laws, and how to minimize their tax liabilities in a legal manner.
In tax planning, it is important to consult an experienced tax attorney so he can advise the best legal means available to minimize taxes, get exemptions or rebates, and the best arrangement for filing returns. The federal and state tax laws are intricate and sometimes the laws differ from state to state. There are many tax exemptions available for certain groups like senior citizens, who may not be aware of those exemptions. However, trying to minimize or avoid paying taxes using legal loopholes without first consulting an attorney is risky and can land one in trouble with the government and Internal Revenue Service.
Tax attorneys also represent a person or organization under investigation for tax evasion/fraud. This involves negotiating with the IRS on behalf of the client, fighting for the client in case criminal proceedings are initiated as well as working on reduction of penalties if client is found guilty. A skilled tax lawyer can reach an out of court settlement for the tax defaulter and minimize penalties if he or she is convicted.
Consulting a tax attorney is a better option than consulting a tax advisor or accountant because as a lawyer, a tax attorney cannot be forced to appear as a witness against his client. So all communication between the attorney and his client is confidential, which is not the case if a tax advisor is made to testify against a person charged with tax crimes.
Selecting the right attorney, with expertise in the area required is very important. Apart from experience, he or she should have excellent references and be a member of the bar association. A good tax attorney is an asset which can save you from much trouble later.
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