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On February 9th, 2016 by Tom

Should You “Trust a Tax Attorney Now”?

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IRS Debt Collection | Optima Tax | StopIRSDebt.com | Tax Attorney | Tax Attorney Now | Tax Lawyer | Tax Resolution Companies | Tax Resolution Firms

If you are wondering whether you actually need a tax attorney now,

right now, then I invite you to schedule a 20-minute phone call

with me where I can answer that question for you.

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Don’t Let Tax Attorney Now “Psych” You Out.

I’m a pretty big Corbin Bernsen fan. He plays a pretty likable Henry Spencer on Psych, and he speaks with a lot of authority. He’s no Alan Thicke, but he does a pretty good job promoting “Tax Attorney Now”on its late-night (and daytime?) ads. (Apparently Corbin Bernsen also played an attorney on TV in “LA Law.”)

I do and I don’t wish I could afford the ads that “Tax Attorney Now” and Optima Tax Relief run on a regular basis. It would be nice to try and operate a tax resolution business on that kind of scale, but it almost never ends well. (See Tax Masters, JK Harris, Tax Lady, et al.)

Tax Attorney Now is not an actual Tax Resolution Company

Tax Attorney Now is not a tax resolution company like Optima. Instead, Tax Attorney Now (and other companies like it) simply gather leads for tax resolution “firms” throughout the country. The most disturbing part is that Tax Attorney Now has decided that it is OK to refer callers to non-Attorneys, simply by redefining “Tax Attorney” to mean “pretty much anyone.”

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On December 16th, 2014 by Tom

Tax Problems with the IRS in the Connecticut Area

Posted In:
IRS Appeals | Revenue Officer | Tax Attorney | Tax Resolution Firms

Living in Connecticut is Expensive. Tax Problems can make it impossible.

 

Connecticut is an expensive place to live. Sometimes, in order to get by, Connecticut taxpayers might put off paying their tax bill. It will take some time, but eventually the notices will start coming.  You will get several notices telling you that you owe the IRS some money. Then, you get a cp504 – Notice of Intent to Levy, and the tone of the letters change. All of a sudden the IRS isn’t asking you to pay your tax bill.  Now, the IRS is telling you that it is going to seize your state refund and “other property.” Finally, the IRS is going to come at you with a “Final Notice of Intent to Levy” – cp1058 and/or a Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing.  (NOTE: The IRS has started using a much more benign-looking letter called the “LT11.” Make sure you read every letter you get from the IRS to make sure that it does not mention a Collection Due Process hearing.) At that point, you have 30 days to act – or your bank account, wages, and other property and income is at risk of being seized by the Internal Revenue Service. But Connecticut is an expensive place to live, and even though you owe them money – the IRS cannot collect more money from you than you can afford to pay. The bottom line is that most people at the IRS do not get what it is like to live in Connecticut. You need Tax Help in Connecticut. And I can provide that help.

There are things that can be done to keep the IRS in check while you sort out your finances and figure out exactly what you can pay. Too many taxpayers rush into Installment Agreements that they truly cannot afford. The important thing to keep in mind is that agreeing to an Installment Agreement with the IRS will not protect you from future collection action if the Installment Agreement ends up in default. A Tax Attorney can help you arrange your finances so that your reasonable living expenses are documented and acceptable to the IRS. But if you are not proactive, if you – or someone you hire – doesn’t call the IRS, then the Tax Machine will go into motion, levy notices will be sent to banks and employers – and you might end up struggling trying to figure out how to put food on the table and keep a roof over your family’s head.

That’s why you want to get into an arrangement that will actually work for you. The first time.

IRS Help in Connecticut

If you live in Connecticut, and have problems with the IRS, you might be wondering whether or not you should speak with a Tax Attorney, a CPA, an Enrolled Agent, or go another route. Any of these professionals can deal with your case at the administrative level. I know several CPAs and Enrolled Agents who I would trust to resolve most tax issues. But, sometimes, even when a client’s position is reasonable, the IRS will refuse to budge. The IRS will “abuse” it’s discretion. When that happens, only a Tax Attorney (or a United States Tax Court Practitioner) can take your case all the way to Tax Court.

Whether your plan is to go it alone, or seek advice from a Tax Professional, I would be happy to discuss your options with you, free of charge. Click the “Talk2Tom” button below to send me a message, or schedule a phone call with me. Even with prospective clients, communications are always confidential and protected by attorney-client privilege.

 

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On April 8th, 2014 by Tom

Why “Tom Tax Lawyer” and not “Tom Tax Attorney”?

Posted In:
IRS Debt Collection | Tax Attorney | Tax Lawyer | Tax Resolution Firms

It really comes down to the industry that I find myself surrounded by. An industry of Tax Resolution firms that do EVERYTHING short of saying they are Attorneys to imply that they are attorneys. They will call themselves “Tax Firms,” but they don’t employ attorneys – they employ Enrolled Agents and – sometimes – CPAs. Occasionally “Tax Firms” like these will even employ an attorney or two.

But they still aren’t law firms. They will say that they are “licensed by the IRS as power of attorney in all 50 states!” This is not misleading on its face, but it can be for those not as familiar with the terms of art commonly thrown around in the tax resolution industry (or in the legal world in general. An “attorney in fact” is not – in fact – an attorney.) See, properly accredited Enrolled Agents can represent taxpayers in all 50 states in front of the IRS by filing a 2848. But if an Enrolled Agent is the founder of a tax resolution firm, it is not a law firm. 

Well look – I don’t want to cause any confusion. I am an attorney, licensed in the State of Connecticut. IRS Circular 230 allows attorneys to represent taxpayers all over the country in front of the IRS. I am also admitted to Federal Tax Court. With the exception of a small handful of Tax Practitioners, only attorneys can take your IRS tax case all the way to Tax Court. And only an Attorney can bring a refund claim in District Court, where I am also admitted.

I like “Tom Tax Lawyer” better than “Tom Tax Attorney” because there is no room for error. There is no room for confusion. My job as a lawyer is to make things less confusing, not  more confusing.

Keep in mind that Enrolled Agents and CPAs can be forced to testify against you in a criminal proceeding. A tax lawyer cannot be forced to testify against you. I still file the same IRS Power of Attorney that an Enrolled Agent or CPA would file. But I am equipped to go the distance if necessary. And believe it or not, the IRS knows that.

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