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    We handle every aspect of tax law: preparing tax returns, representing clients during audits, resolving IRS and state tax controversies, and creating tax planning strategies for the future.

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    Our attorneys are committed to providing efficient and effective tax solutions for individuals and businesses in Georgia and nationwide.

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    Our lawyers help individuals and businesses with all aspects of estate and tax planning. We help our clients use proactive strategies to minimize tax implications in the future

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    Does it feel like the government has all the power? Taxpayers have rights, too. We use our knowledge of tax law to shift the balance of power and ensure that your rights are protected.

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Atlanta Georgia Tax Law Blog

IRS trouble? Why hiring a tax attorney is your best bet

No matter how you slice it, facing problems with the IRS is stressful. Maybe you’re going through a corporate audit. Or perhaps you have an ever-growing pile of tax debt, and you can’t see a way out. Dealing with tax issues is confusing and unfamiliar to most people—making them difficult to manage on one’s own.

It’s in precisely such tricky situations that consulting with a tax expert can be so helpful. But which tax professional should you choose? Is it better to work with a tax attorney or a certified public accountant (CPA)? In today’s post, we outline the advantages a tax attorney can offer over a CPA:

Georgia tax exemptions for veterans

With Veterans Day just around the corner, it seems like an appropriate time to review some core tax exemptions that veterans can receive. In today’s article, we outline the Georgia tax exemptions available to our brave men and women who have served in the armed forces.

In the state of Georgia, veterans—or their families—may be eligible for tax breaks on the following items:

How can I lower the taxes I owe?

Tax season isn’t until April, but the deadline will approach faster than you expect. Now that we are nearing the end of 2018, it is time to think about your approach for paying this year’s taxes. It is in your best interests to minimize the amount of taxes you owe. You can follow a few important, simple steps to reduce what you will owe in 2019.

I’ve been audited. Now what do I do?

You’ve received a letter from the IRS telling you that you face an audit. Now what do you do?

First, if the contact from the IRS is in any form other than a letter (phone call, email), then it is a scam. The IRS will only contact you via the U.S. Postal Service and only on official letterhead.

Election workers can receive tax breaks on their income

The midterm elections are just around the corner. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who will be serving as an election worker on November 6, you may have questions about your compensation—and the tax laws that apply to this income.

In today’s post, we examine the tax breaks associated with election worker income.

Lottery jackpots come with huge tax penalties

Millions of hopefuls felt disappointed after they discovered Tuesday night that their Mega Millions lottery tickets did not match the winning numbers. The outlandish odds of winning the lottery did not discourage many Georgians from purchasing a ticket. The jackpot had reached $1.6 billion, breaking the 2016 record for the highest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The winning ticket was purchased not in Georgia, but in our neighboring state of South Carolina. The winning buyer will no doubt feel exuberant for their newly won wealth, but they will also have to cope with a significant tax loss, as well.

When the IRS sends you a letter in the mail

If you receive a letter in the mail from the IRS, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in trouble. They could be sending you a refund check. Or they could be contacting you to say that, after reviewing your tax return, they’ve found that you may be entitled to a higher refund than you’d claimed.

However, in most other cases, the IRS will contact you to warn you that something is—or could be—wrong, and you need to take action. In today’s post, we outline some basic things to be aware of when you receive an IRS letter.

How to report extra income from side gigs

You’ve been working at your regular, full-time job for a few years now. This year, you decided to use your free time to earn a little extra income. So you started marketing yourself as a freelance consultant for local businesses in your area. The money you earn from this work allows you to treat yourself to a well-deserved vacation or establish a rainy-day fund.

Then tax season rolls around. You scan through your 1040 and realize you’re not sure how to categorize this additional income.

What is an FBAR and who needs to file one?

Do you have assets in foreign accounts? If yes, the United States requires you to include filings with the IRS disclosing your foreign interests.

One form most people with overseas accounts need to file is the Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR). While the purpose may be simple and straightforward, it is important not to discount or overlook the FBAR when filing your taxes.

How long should I hold onto my income tax records?

The conventional guidance on income tax returns is to file every year, and hold onto your tax records for at least three years after you file. However, there are certain situations under which those guidelines change—and additional factors that redefine those guidelines altogether.

In today’s post, we explain why it may be advantageous to keep your records for longer.

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