Q Why do I need to hire a tax attorney? How is a tax attorney different from an accountant?
When it comes to taxes, the line can sometimes be blurred between accountants and tax attorneys. There are always exceptions to the rule but, in general, you would seek an accountant's assistance if you wanted help filing taxes or doing general bookkeeping for your business. Go to an accountant when there's not a tax-related legal problem to worry about.
On the other hand, if you find yourself in legal trouble when it comes to your taxes, you would want to seek the assistance of an experienced tax lawyer.
A tax attorney will have a law degree, as well as additional education in the field of tax law. They know how to talk to and negotiate with the IRS and will do so on your behalf. People will commonly contact tax attorneys if they want to take care of some back taxes, are facing an audit, received notice from the IRS that they are being investigated for underreporting sales tax or not paying employment tax, or were paid a visit by two federal agents looking to prosecute them on criminal charges.
If you are facing legal trouble when it comes to your taxes, there's a good chance you're not really aware of tax laws or what you are legally obligated to do when it comes to paying Uncle Sam. A tax attorney will have your back and will fight on your behalf, as well as make sure you are educated about what you may have done incorrectly and what you should do differently moving forward. They are truly your advocate and will negotiate with the IRS so you don't have to.
Are you having trouble with your taxes in New York or New Jersey? Contact Fazzio Law Offices at 855-743-0262 for a free consultation.