Why You Need a Tax Attorney and Not a CPA

With matters regarding taxes, people are often confused about who they should turn to for help. Some say hiring a CPA is best, while others say that a tax attorney is more suited to the job. Dealing with the IRS is especially tricky. One wrong move, and you could be in a more difficult situation. Here are two reasons why you need to favor hiring a tax attorney over a CPA when you are in trouble with the IRS:

Lawyer-Client Confidentiality

A lawyer is compelled by law to uphold the attorney-client privilege. This means that anything you say to your lawyer will not be disclosed to anyone else. If you are in trouble for tax evasion or tax fraud, this is a big help. If you hire a CPA, he might actually be made to testify against you and provide more damning evidence. A tax attorney can help you prepare for the case and represent you as well, should it go to trial.

Resolving Tax-Related Problems

Panic won’t get you anywhere when the IRS is hot on your heels. Every decision you make should be carefully calculated to avoid making the problem worse. A CPA may have knowledge about taxes but he lacks the expertise and understanding of tax laws that change several times a year. A lawyer will be able to guide you through the process of finding the best solution for your specific situation. If the IRS denies your initial offers, your lawyer can appeal on your behalf.


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