Some people are able to easily pay their taxes on their own, but others might struggle with it and benefit from working with an attorney and accountant. An attorney may be necessary if you’re dealing with self-employment matters or issues with the Internal Revenue Service.
You might find it hard to choose an attorney, but it’s easier than you may think to find an attorney to help. Here are a few things to consider when you start looking for a tax attorney.
1. Your attorney will ask you questions about this year and other years’ taxes, so you’ll need to prepare them
A good tax attorney starts off with a meeting where you discuss information about your life and all aspects of your tax issue. Your attorney should talk to you about the options and explain what could happen given the circumstances.
2. A good attorney is prepared to represent you in court
A good tax attorney is prepared to help you in tax court and when working with the IRS. The goal of your attorney should be to protect your legal rights, to alleviate your concerns and to help you obtain the best possible outcome for the situation.
3. Good attorneys will answer the questions you have
When you call to talk to an attorney, you should prepare questions for them. Perhaps you want to know how long they’ve been practicing. Maybe you want to know if they have references. Whatever you ask, they should be willing to talk to you about why they’re someone you should work with. If an attorney doesn’t return your call for an appointment or seems disinterested in your case, take your case elsewhere, because there are people who will be invested in your case and a positive outcome.
How do you find a tax attorney?
To find a tax attorney, you can start by looking locally. Once you have the names of a few local attorneys, ask around. See if anyone you know has worked with them. Check the internet and forums to see how they’re rated.
Doing your due diligence before you choose an attorney will help make sure you get an attorney whom you can rely on. If you feel comfortable with them, they have good reviews and a history of helping people, then you can feel more confident working with them on your case. The right help does make a difference when dealing with the IRS.