If you have a serious toothache, you don’t ask your dental hygienist to perform a root canal; you go to an experienced dentist or (even better) an endodontist, who specializes in this complicated procedure. By the same token, if you have been handed a hefty tax bill by the IRS, you shouldn’t entrust the negotiations to an attorney with a background in personal-injury law but virtually no experience dealing with a government bureaucracy!
A Serious Tax Problem Should Be Handled Only by an Experienced Tax Lawyer
It’s true that all attorneys learn the basics of the American legal system in law school, and they all have a basic familiarity with different aspects of the law. However, only a seasoned tax lawyer:
- Will be familiar with all the loopholes, permutations, and exceptions in the tax code instantly, without having to read up on these issues first
- Will know how to speak with an IRS revenue officer in language he understands (Offers in Compromise, liens and levies, garnishment of wages, etc.)
- Can tell you when it’s wise to negotiate with the IRS, and when it’s more advantageous to stand your ground
- Can help you with your financial planning, with an eye toward paying the least amount of money to the federal government
- Will know all the basic “players” in your geographical area, so he doesn’t wind up being put on hold by the staff of an important IRS official
- Has a “Plan B” (and probably a “Plan C” and a “Plan D”) if your first effort at negotiating with the IRS fails
Only a Tax Lawyer Can Secure an Advantageous Settlement with the IRS
Your regular lawyer may be good at what she does—quashing speeding tickets, reviewing contracts, etc.—but only an experienced tax lawyer has the know-how necessary to go toe-to-toe with the IRS. Are you an Oklahoma resident who has been handed a huge back tax bill by the government? Contact the tax experts at Travis W. Watkins, PC (800-721-7054) to find out what we can do for you!