To invoke a crude but effective metaphor, you don’t want to send a guy with a knife to a gun fight—and you certainly don’t want to send an attorney with no background in tax law to negotiate with an IRS revenue officer. Yes, that lawyer who draws up your business contracts may be a great guy, and he may even have saved you a lot of money, but if he doesn’t have a deep background in tax law (and the requisite vocabulary that a government bureaucrat can understand), he will be out of his depth.

What is the worst that can happen if you let an inexperienced lawyer handle your tax case? Well, he may not be aware of the various weapons at his disposal (such as an Offer in Compromise, by which you can reduce the size of your tax bill and pay it in installments), or he may be taken advantage of by a wily revenue officer.

If an IRS representative decides your lawyer doesn’t know what he is talking about, the IRS officer may offer what seems like a great deal, but what a seasoned tax lawyer can immediately determine is all smoke and mirrors. Your attorney may even be proud of himself—“Guess what! They’ve agreed to reduce your tax bill by one-quarter!”—when an experienced tax lawyer easily could have sliced your back tax bill in half.

That’s why, if you have been presented with a huge back tax bill by the IRS, you should hire someone who actually knows the ins and outs of tax law and can negotiate with an IRS revenue officer on equal terms. If you live in Oklahoma, a good start is to call the tax experts at Travis W. Watkins, PC (800-721-7054) for a free consultation. We’ll aggressively tackle the IRS head on and secure the best possible outcome to your case.

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