The following are reasons why you would probably want to work with a tax attorney:
- You are being investigated by the IRS for criminal activity
- You have claimed false deductions and credits (tax fraud) and need representation
- You have a case pending before the US Tax Court and want your case reviewed by an independent party
- You are planning to sue the IRS
- You have a taxable estate and you need help with estate planning strategies or an estate tax return
- You are starting a business and want legal advice about your company’s structure and tax treatment
- Your business deals internationally and you want legal advice about contracts or other legal matters
A good tax attorney should have advanced training in tax law. Many also have degrees in taxation and even accounting.
If you have a legal tax issue but do not have the means to pay for a tax attorney, you can also check out free or low-cost tax clinics. A complete list of tax clinics is available from the IRS. More information about tax clinics is available on this post as well.