Can a tax attorney really help?
Yes. An attorney who practices in this area is going to be aware of the laws and the procedures that Revenue officers and other IRS employees have to follow when they're dealing with taxpayers.
IRS officers use the Internal Revenue Manual that is very long and detailed for every different procedure. This manual governs the way IRS officers handle IRS cases. Also, the Internal Revenue Code and regulations apply to IRS cases as well. These are also complex and very long. A knowledgeable tax attorney who is aware and regularly practices in the area of tax resolution can save taxpayers thousands of dollars.
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What kind of expertise and experience do you have?
Tony: I have practiced law since 1976, and even though I have had other businesses, I never stopped practicing law. For five years I was in the real estate syndication business, plus I started and owned a couple of other businesses. This has helped me understand the life of the small business owner and their stresses and problems.
In the recent past, I have focused full-time on IRS debt resolution whereas earlier in my law career I had other areas I worked in like, bankruptcy, real estate, and immigration law.
What is a Notice of Intent To Levy?
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How far back can the IRS audit?
So the general rule is three years. And incidentally, people are limited to the three years to claim a refund.
What are some early warning signs that I might be audited soon?
There are no real warning signs, but you'll get a notice from the IRS that you're under audit.
However, if you take risky deductions, which is something that your tax preparer maybe shouldn't be so aggressive about, or if from one year to the next, he totally changed the way you're reporting different items that might trigger an audit.
How long do IRS audits last?
Well, they are all over the place. Some audits are simple, while other are more complicated. I've seen some audits take a couple of years others that take three months. So it's an impossible question to answer, but usually they take longer than you think.
Help! The IRS sent me a Notice of Intent To Levy. Now what?
A surprise notice from the IRS can quickly derail your plans, both in business and personally.
But how should you respond?
What can you do to get the IRS to take you seriously, offer you a reasonable path to relief, and give you the best possible deal?
Today, you’ll learn exactly what to tackle when it comes to IRS tax debt to reduce IRS pressure. You already know you need to settle. Here’s how to start making progress toward that goal.
We’ll start things off with the 4-5 notices the IRS sends you about 5 weeks apart which let you know they are about to levy. Here's the good news you should know:
The IRS must send you several notices before seizing your assets.
I can't afford to pay the IRS, so how could I afford hiring a tax attorney?
Fixed fees. I recommend hiring an attorney that charges you a set fee for services rather than an hourly rate. My experience is that clients want to know exactly what the attorney is going to charge rather than being surprised with a higher than expected legal bill because the attorney spent more time than predicted. Clients can’t decide if they can afford to pay their attorney if they don’t know how much the legal fees will be!
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