Taxes—especially taxes on affluent citizens—are a hot-button issue in the U.S. right now, and are being wrangled over by Republicans and Democrats. Regardless of the legislative outcome, though, the fact remains you will continue to pay a hefty tax bill—maybe a few percent more, or a few percent less, but still anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of your income.

Why the civics lesson? Well, when some folks are handed a back tax bill by the IRS, their first inclination is to complain to their local representative and ask if he can “get someone to do something about this in Washington.” The trouble is no one in Washington is concerned with your specific tax bill, or the way you've been treated by your IRS revenue officer. At that level of government, the most a politician can accomplish (and the word ‘accomplish’ is a bit of an overstatement) is a broad adjustment in the tax rate which affects everyone, not just you. Even if the tax rate for your income bracket winds up being adjusted, you still will be on the hook for what you owed the IRS before the adjustment was passed!

While it may be emotionally satisfying to complain to your local elected representative about how the IRS is treating you, you need to realize there's not much, if anything, that person can do for you, even if he wanted to. What you really need to do is consult an experienced tax lawyer, who can deal with your IRS revenue officer face to face and obtain the best possible outcome to your tax brouhaha. Questions? Leave your local representative alone, and call the Oklahoma tax experts at Travis W. Watkins, PC (800-721-7054) to learn what we can do for you!

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