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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tax Attorney, CPA Or Tax Resolution Specialist

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tax Attorney, CPA Or Tax Resolution Specialist

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 ==== ====The Attorneys Guide To Credit Repair.http://lnk.co/IGMG4 ==== ====Finding a tax professional to solve your tax problems is like the end of Indiana Jones andthe Last Crusade. Make the right choice and all your wounds will be healed. Make the wrongchoice and you'll be turned into a screaming shriveled skeleton. Whether it's a tax attorney,certified public account or certified tax resolution specialist (CTRS), it's important to choose yourtax representative wisely. If you've got tax problems, like delinquent tax returns, back taxes, payroll taxes or other taxcollection or audit issues, your first instinct may be to open up the yellow page or Google or askaround for recommendations. Great, now you've got some names, but how can you find the rightexpert to give you the IRS help you need? To avoid paying a high hourly rate unnecessarily, go through this tax attorney/CPA/tax resolutionspecialist interview checklist first. This checklist will help you weed out the tax relief scammers, aswell as the merely inept attorneys and CPAs out there who will leave you with their high fees, youroriginal tax debt, plus additional penalties and charges. Print out this article and ask the following questions. Before you face a tax attorney or tax resolution professional, first look in the mirror to get a handleon your tax problem. Are you looking at personal income tax issues (you are an innocent spouse or a victim of taxfraud), business tax problems (such as unpaid payroll taxes, sales taxes), estate taxes, foundationor charity tax issues?Are you dealing with just federal or state taxes too?Do you have tax problems in multiple states or jurisdictions?Does the IRS know about the issue yet or have you just discovered it?Did the IRS contact you but you've buried your head in the sand hoping it would go away?Are your records a shambles?Can you attempt a true reckoning of what happened?Has the IRS come to your home or place of business?Has the IRS demanded an in-person audit?Has the IRS garnished your wages, put in tax liens or seized any property? Answering these questions will help you decide what kind of tax help you need. When you get tax problem resolution professional recommendations from friends, you need to
 
compare apples to apples. While a CPA will have a cheaper hourly rate than a great tax lawyer,they can't do what a good tax lawyer can. A great CPA can put your tax records in order so youcan get a true accounting of the "historical" road just travelled, but they probably shouldn't takeyou into battle with the IRS because they don't spend all their time negotiating tax resolutions theway specialized tax professionals do. You need someone who battles the IRS for a living, who haslearned the latest laws and knows all the secrets to helping resolve your tax problem. That's why some tax resolution firms offer a team of expert tax professionals to help you get thebest possible outcome for your tax settlement.  So before you rack up those high hourlycharges, you need to make sure you are talking to the right tax professional who can do the job foryou. You will be hiring this tax attorney, so treat your initial consultation as what it should be, a jobinterview. Questions to ask a tax attorney, CPA or certified tax resolution specialist: About the firm: 1. How long has they been in business solving IRS problems? The longer they have beenhandling negotiations with the IRS the better.  A lawyer or CPA firm may just do tax law onthe side and not be dedicated to knowing the ins and outs of IRS negotiations. 2. How many tax attorneys do they have on staff? (Some firms are only CPAs, some are nothingbut former IRS agents, some are straight law firms with only one or two tax attorneys). If you don'tdo tax resolution day in and day out, you don't know all the loopholes, tricks and tools. Look forsomeone who is a certified tax resolution specialist, they have to take a special exam and have anumber of years of experience and continuing education in this field. There are only about 200 inthe entire country who actually do this as a living. 3. What is their success rate with tax cases? Don't take a generic number here. Ask about thesuccess rate for cases like yours. Don't expect a perfect score. For example in most cases theOffer in Compromise is a starting offer. Only about 2% are immediately accepted by the IRS. Themore important number is comparing cases like yours. What is the total dollar amountnegotiated in settlements divided by total dollars in tax, interest and penalties owed? In short, howmuch did these tax attorneys save their clients? 4. Do they offer a guarantee? Run away if they do. No one can guarantee anything.  5. Does the law firm or tax resolution company want all the money up front? If they do, run. Oncetax professionals have your money, they have no incentive to go the extra mile for you. If your taxattorney, tax resolution specialist or CPA wants some "good faith money" that's fine. 6. Do they give you a high pressure sales pitch? If they are pushing that hard, that's a warningsign to stay away. In many cases when you get a sales pitch you are talking with a salesperson,not a tax attorney or tax resolution specialist who can help you. 7. Check out your potential tax attorney or tax resolution firm with the Better Business Bureau, butkeep in mind the volume of people the company serves. If the company has 20 complaints overthree years but has served 5,000 clients in that time, that's a 0.4% failure rate, or said differently a
 
99.6% satisfaction rate. Even that can be misleading because the BBB only tracks complaints, notresolutions. Even if the client got a full refund and 100% satisfaction, the client can't withdraw theircomplaint once it is filed with the BBB. You could also Google their name with the words"complaint," "rip-off" and "scam." And if they are a tax attorney, check with your state's bar to see ifthey have any complaints against them. 8. Ask for the names of the people who own the law firm or tax resolution company. If your contactis elusive on this, run. Bottom line, you need to know who runs the show. You need the name ofthe owner, NOT the senior tax attorney. If your IRS case goes south or the tax attorney handlingyour case is a problem, you need to know exactly who you can complain to or who to seek redressfrom. 9. Find out the name of the tax attorney or tax resolution specialist who will be taking your case.Find out how quickly they respond to your inquiries. Do they answer their phone or emailpromptly? Ask for references of satisfied customers for that specific tax attorney or tax resolutionprofessional. (Given the confidentiality of tax resolution work, a personal reference for a taxattorney might be hard to come by.) 10. Does the tax attorney or tax resolution firm have experience in multi-jurisdictional issues?Because the IRS is a federal agency, there are three people permitted to practice before the IRS.You have to be an active licensed member of the state bar, a certified public accountant activelylicensed or an enrolled agent. No matter where they live, they can represent the taxpayer beforethe IRS is all 50 states. 11. Will this tax attorney or tax resolution specialist go with you to an in-person audit? Although90% of tax resolution work is done over the phone, electronically or via FedEx, sometimes youneed a tax attorney to literally hold your hand in an audit. But don't choose a tax attorney justbecause they have an office near your home. An accident of geography doesn't mean they are theright tax attorney for the job. In many cases a national firm such as ours can make sure you neverhave to darken the door of an IRS audit. 12. How can they help you if the IRS wants to come to your home or business? 13. Is the firm just a tax form filler? Just because they prepare a lot tax returns doesn't mean theyare ready to battle the IRS. There are a number of tax resolution and "tax attorney" scams that donothing but type up an Offer in Compromise and just mail it to the IRS. That's all the service these"tax attorneys" provide. These companies are at best, a waste of time and money and at worst, aone-way ticket to big trouble. 14. What are their prices? Don't be penny-wise but pound-foolish. Don't just lock onto a taxattorney or tax resolution firm's low price. Look for value and the number of services you get. Willthis tax attorney or tax resolution professional give you preparation of all IRS forms, all backupdocumentation, and all negotiation with the IRS? When you meet or interview your tax resolution specialist or tax attorney ask them: 1. Where did this tax attorney or CPA go to school for tax resolution? How current are they (howmuch continuing education is this tax attorney taking)?

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