BY: THOMAS S. GROTH, ESQ
September 10, 2014
I am excited to announce that I am moving the location of my firm's main office to Bethel, Connecticut. My thoughts on that? there is finally a young tax attorney in the Danbury area! That guy (me) that calls himself "Tom Tax Lawyer."
While I do practice in other areas aside from tax relief, that is where I focus my attention. There is a good reason for that - I'm on a mission to put a stop to harmful IRS collection tactics, but it looks like the best way for me to do that is to take it one case at a time (there's no more efficient and impactive way to take on the IRS.)
Let me be candid. I'm a young attorney. I graduated (cum laude with honors in Tax Law) from QUSL in 2012. If you need tax help, you should give me a call. I've been working in the field of tax resolution since the start of 2011, and I have been studying it even longer. One thing I have learned? The IRS never stops changing the rules of the game. So, I work hard to stay on the cutting edge. I work every angle of that edge, too.
When I started my practice, I began by renting an office in my current hometown, Naugatuck.
Recently, I decided to move my main office to Bethel, Connecticut. I am keeping a spot in Naugatuck to meet with clients, but most days I'll be taking the drive down I-84.
I do more than just tax law, though..
I started my own practice for more than one reason. I'm going to briefly discuss two of those reasons below.
The first reason was that I wanted to work for a firm with a particular philosophy about how a lawyer should interact with his clients. I wanted to provide my clients with greater access, convenience, and transparency. I realized that being upfront with my clients, and treating my clients as more than a "customer" basically mandated that I run my cases my way - by getting my clients more involved and informed throughout the process.
So I did.
I also wanted to expand my practice areas. Since hanging my shingle a year ago:
- I have drafted and negotiated investment contracts for my clients,
- I have assisted clients who were ripped off by unscrupulous businesses (think used car dealers)
- I have worked with clients to develop Estate Plans and to put their wishes in legally enforceable writings,
- I have handled probate matters on complex Estates and simple Estates,
- I have provided Real Estate closing and title services,
- I have gone to court for clients charged with relatively serious crimes,
- I have consulted with clients on bankruptcy options,
- I have filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court, and
- I have even handled a few landlord-tenant disputes (on the tenant's side).
Here's the thing, though.
I will always be "Tom Tax Lawyer," because tax law is my calling. I plan to continue to take cases in various practice areas, but I will always stay focused on being the best tax attorney I can be.
Branching out into these practice areas has not stopped me from focusing on my core area of practice. Every story is different. No tax problem is exactly the same. But I continue to protect my clients from the harmful, automated, and devastating collection tactics employed by the IRS and state taxing authorities. My job is to make things less devastating, to take the weight off my clients' shoulders, to ensure that my clients maximize the impact of their procedural rights and put forth the best possible case for tax relief and/or reduction of the amount of tax due.
To do that, I always stay current with changes in tax laws, rules, and regulations. That will not change - even when I'm an old tax attorney. But right now, I know that my youth provides me with tangible advantages. I have the energy, ability, and up-to-date know-how to get the job done. I also know how to read, write, and fight. Are you ready for that Danbury?
PS: A good "Tax Attorney" should not just provide assistance to those with IRS or State Tax problems. For example, I also advise clients on how to reduce the taxes they pay in the future by implementing proper income tax planning, and structuring transactions (when appropriate) to achieve the greatest tax savings going forward.