Who is the best IRS Lawyer for you?
Did you know that 3-6% of all American tax filers will have some sort of IRS or state tax problem this year? With so much need for tax assistance, it is hard to know:
- Who is the best IRS lawyer to help
- Or even if you really need a tax lawyer
And yes, I will be honest. There are types of cases where hiring an IRS tax law firm, well that may be a tad bit of an overkill. But you probably already know your situation isn’t one of those.
So then, who will make the best IRS lawyer for you? Hint: It’s a trick question
Do you really just want a lawyer on your side? Or rather — think of it this way: the IRS has a team on their side.
Fact: The IRS has a huge, monstrous, powerful legal team on their side.
Shouldn’t you have a legal tax team on your side?
Well, that’s what we believe here at IRSMedic, the law firm of Parent, Parent & Wynn LLP.
We all have each others’ backs, and the backs of our clients (and its a lot more fun that way too).
If you think a lawyer has some magical powers, that’s great, and I appreciate the sentiment, but really — I know what makes our firm great. And it is the huge team of support professionals that my father (and first partner), David G. Parent, and I have put together.
So now, let’s talk about some of the key players on our IRS lawyer team. We believe that an IRS lawyer is best at quarterbacking the toughest tax problems, and handing off particular parts of a problem to a tax attorney, CPA, ex-IRS employee, Enrolled Agent, or support personnel as the facts warrant. The other added bonus, is that with this structure, the Attorney-Client privilege stays intact when dealing with an IRS lawyer.
What is an Enrolled Agent and how can they help your tax team?
Essentially, being an Enrolled Agent requires no particular education or credentials. An Enrolled Agent is someone who simply passed a test that the IRS administrators require, and then they are allowed to represent any taxpayer before the IRS, no matter how complicated the case is. But here’s the thing, the Enrolled Agent Test that the IRS gives is hard! There are three different sections on individuals, businesses and IRS representation. Each section is full of very particular and practical questions. If someone can pass the Enrolled Agent Exam, then that is a great indication that they know which tax forms are what, and are expert tax preparers.
Certified Public Accountants
But an Enrolled Agent Exam does not ask about where those numbers that went onto a tax return were generated in the first place. For that, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is going to be most helpful. A CPA goes to college for Accounting, and then must pass 4 parts of the CPA exam. These parts are (1) auditing (2) economics (3) regulation (1/2 of which is compliance and the other 1/2 is tax) and (4) financial accounting. So you can see that only 1/8 of the CPA exam is related to tax, whereas 100% of the Enrolled Agent Exam is tax. This is why you may know a CPA who knows very little about the IRS. Many CPAs have found more lucrative careers in accounting and auditing for regulatory agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission. If a CPA cannot answer a simple tax question, that does not mean they are unqualified. For many CPAs the closest they ever get to a tax return is their own 1040. Where CPAs excel is in creating spreadsheets of a company’s books, auditing records, and generating meaningful reports. So, even though a CPA may not be a tax expert (note: many are), the IRS still allows them to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
There is no special test you have to take to become a tax attorney, besides passing a Bar Exam in any states. You don’t even need to take any tax courses because the IRS allows any licensed attorney to represent a taxpayer before them. Many law schools do, however, require every graduate to take tax law courses (my alma mater Quinnipiac University School of Law has such a requirement).
So can all lawyers call themselves an IRS tax lawyer? I suppose… so you may want to be careful about you you hire.
But how can a tax lawyer call themselves a great tax lawyer?
I can tell you how we did it. When we started IRSMedic in 2006, we went around and sought out the most difficult tax cases around. We told our our colleagues: “send us all the nightmare IRS cases you don’t know what to do with!”
And it worked! This is how we became great IRS lawyers — by doing. We had cases and cases that were all “impossible.” Yet, by doing, we learned we needed a team and we learned to hone that team, and we developed strong, teachable systems to maximize the chances for the best IRS resolution every single time.
I know what we did and do works because our “impossible” cases became… archived cases! Our clients’ fear, anxiety, and shame turns into wisdom, peace-of-mind, and happiness.
By not backing down from the tough cases, we evolved and evolve to become better and better. Sure, we’ve developed a bit of a name for ourselves, and that’s nice. But what I really like is that not only can we handle the toughest tax cases, we love to handle the toughest tax cases around the country, (and yes, even US tax controversies and disclosures around the world).
Are we the right tax lawyers for you?
I do not know the answer to this question. But I have some ideas on how you might find out. Visit our about us page. Browse around our blog for recent articles (I would say it is the best written tax resolution blog in the world, but then as writer of 90% of the content I may be a tad biased), read some of our success stories written by a great many members our our team. Or visit our YouTube channel.
And you’ll see we are just a group of down-to-earth people who are particularly passionate about solving the toughest IRS tax problems around.