Can a Tax Lawyer Negotiate With the IRS on My Behalf?
A tax lawyer can negotiate for you with the IRS. Indeed, it’s beneficial to have a tax lawyer’s help when you’re seeking IRS tax relief. The IRS rules permit an attorney to represent you or your business in any communication with the IRS. For example, a lawyer may write a letter, make a phone call, appear for you at a meeting, or represent you in a courthouse in a tax case. Experienced tax lawyers like the team at Ayar Law can lift the burden off your shoulders by dealing directly with the IRS, so you don’t have to. Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing a professional with specialized knowledge and a successful track record is exhausting the playbook to bring about a favorable resolution on your behalf.
Experienced Tax Attorneys Understand IRS Tactics
The U.S. Tax Code is so immense it now fills two volumes totaling about 2,600 pages, as officially published by the federal government. The IRS also issues regulations, plus there are court decisions interpreting the tax laws. So many laws and rules make for an uneven playing field when it comes to enforcement.
It’s the job of IRS employees to know the rules and regulations—and enforce them. A citizen running a business or partnership can’t be expected to master the tax code. This makes an encounter with the IRS daunting, to say the least. However, a tax lawyer who spends years studying the U.S. Tax Code is not intimidated by an IRS representative.
The tax lawyers at Ayar Law know what to expect in a meeting or phone call with an IRS agent, as well as in a courtroom legal proceeding against the agency. Our lawyers have been in such professional IRS settings many times and our lead attorney, Venar Ayar, has a Master of Laws in Taxation in addition to his Juris Doctor degree. Venar Ayar is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as well as federal appellate courts. If your tax case goes to court, Attorney Ayar is qualified for both the trial and the federal appeal.
Have You Received a Letter From the IRS?
If you have received a letter from the IRS, you may have a personal tax liability, or a tax liability that involves another person or a company. For example, this can arise among partnerships, joint ventures, and corporations. The IRS also looks closely at related-party transactions, in which companies that share subsidiaries and other ties enter into transactions together.
While accounting and finance professionals are skilled in reading and talking about financial records, the IRS scrutinizes legal compliance, matters which a tax lawyer is prepared to address with the IRS. Understanding how tax statutes and regulations apply to business structures and relationships is important in negotiations with IRS staff, as are legal standards such as good faith.
At Ayar Law, we stay up to date on the latest orders and legal opinions published by the U.S. Tax Court, as well as important tax case appeals.
What You Tell a Tax Lawyer Is Confidential
Confidentiality is another key reason to be represented by a tax attorney from the start of your IRS matter. At the beginning of a tax problem, it may not be possible to predict if the matter will be resolved as a civil case or referred by the IRS to its criminal division. Everything you tell your tax lawyer remains confidential. If the matter is referred to the criminal division, a tax lawyer can continue representing you during the criminal case. If that happens, no one can force him or her to reveal any communication you had with them.
However, the same is not true regarding communications you had with professionals who are not attorneys, such as accountants, CPAs, enrolled agents, and appraisers. They can be forced to testify as to what you told them concerning your tax problems.
Typical situations when it’s advisable to have a lawyer represent you with the IRS include:
- High tax liability
- Tax evasion
- Correcting an error or mistake
- Payroll tax problems
- Foreign asset disclosure (FBAR)
- Unfiled returns
- Garnishment or levy of assets/bank accounts
Get the Benefit of Expert Negotiators
Whether your IRS situation can be resolved through correspondence or requires a meeting with the IRS or more, Ayar Law’s services can take the burden off your shoulders and move you toward tax relief.
A tax attorney will seek to stop the accrual of fines and penalties. Depending on circumstances, the amount you owe may be reduced through a process known as Offer in Compromise, which Ayar Law is well experienced in negotiating. This process may allow you, if you meet the IRS’s criteria, to settle your IRS debt for less than the full amount owed.
Ayar Law is ready to help. Founded ten years ago by our lead attorney Venar Ayar, our firm has proudly served the greater Detroit area for more than ten years.