Serious tax problems do not have do-it-yourself solutions. If you are facing levies or other grave situations, you need a tax attorney. There are a lot of tax attorney firms out there. But, for every success story you hear about them, you also hear a horror story. So, how do you know you are choosing the right one? This page will show you what qualifications and red flags you should be on the lookout for.
Education & ExperienceMany firms will make big claims about what their tax attorney can do for you, but not all of them even have a real attorney on staff. A real attorney will have a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and be admitted to the state bar. As with doctors, you don't want to just pick any attorney to handle your tax matters. You want someone with a great deal of experience with taxes specifically. A Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in taxes is always a huge plus. Years of experience working in tax law or accounting is also good. If you are exceedingly lucky, you may find someone with experience as an IRS employee.
Legal Fees & Client CareIf a tax attorney asks for a high retainer fee without fully grasping your situation, this is a red flag. After the initial consultation, the tax attorney should give you an idea of what the total cost of your legal work will be. If they don't, this may mean that he or she plans to stretch out your legal work as long as possible and see how much money can be squeezed out of you.
It is also very important that the tax attorney really has your interests in mind. When you first spoke to this tax attorney, did he or she ask you what you were trying to resolve? Or, did the tax attorney simply rattle off wild stories in an attempt to impress you? You want someone who is willing to listen and come up with a real solution for you. You don't want someone who charges you for filling out paperwork that may not even address your actual situation at all.
Reputation & Business OperationsDon't trust the "success statistics" on a tax attorney's website. It may be factual information or it may be an outright lie. Trust the Better Business Bureau. This is a not-for-profit council that grades businesses based upon how satisfied customers or clients are. It is the most reputable resource for finding out if a business is trustworthy. Needless to say, you shouldn't even consider a tax attorney with anything less than a B rating with the Better Business Bureau. Do you want to leave your fate in the hands of someone who has an F in customer satisfaction?
You always want to see how long the tax attorney firm has been in business. Better Business Bureau ratings are based off of valid customer complaints. If the tax attorney you are speaking with just opened the firm's doors a month ago, he may have an A+ rating. Someone who has been open for years and has an A rating has really proven how dedicated he or she is to solving tax problems for clients.
Another point to consider is how the business operates. Is it just a tax attorney and a bunch of sales people getting him or her clients? This should be a red flag. Instead, look for a tax attorney firm that has a large variety of tax professionals. A tax attorney who receives support from tax preparers and enrolled agents is more likely to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
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