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How to Find the Right Tax Lawyer

Lia Kopin-Green
February 22, 2023
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Joanna Smykowski
April 7, 2024

Navigating tax law on your own can seem stressful for any individual or business. Working with an experienced tax attorney is the best way to make sure you are following the correct tax procedures. Not sure how to go about finding the right tax lawyer for your specific needs and circumstances? Here are a few tips to keep in mind while searching for the perfect tax lawyer.

1. Figure Out What You Need

Narrowing down your search for the right tax lawyers starts by determining the type of taxes you need assistance with. The United States has a multitude of taxes, including business taxes, property taxes, and many others. Once you have determined the exact type of taxes you need help with, you can start looking for a tax lawyer that works in that specific field. It is important to choose a lawyer who has ample experience handling the type of taxes you are dealing with.

2. Determine Your Budget

Before embarking on the journey of choosing a proficient tax lawyer, it is crucial to establish your budget and gain an understanding of how tax lawyers charge for their services. It is worth noting that the billing practices of tax lawyers can vary - while some may charge a flat fee for their services, others may bill by the hour. Determining the right payment plan for you can depend on a number of factors, such as your financial situation and timing constraints.

3. Know Where to Look

As with many other services, finding a great tax lawyer can start with referrals from family and friends. Another effective way to find the right tax lawyer is through an online platform. If you're in search of a top-notch tax lawyer in your area, Attorney at Law is a valuable online platform that can be a great resource. Not only can our platform connect you with a range of experienced tax lawyers who can meet your specific needs and circumstances, but we also provide you with valuable information about the lawyer you are considering. 

4. Meet With Lawyers

Booking a consultation with a tax lawyer can help give you a better idea of the lawyer’s approach, costs, and experience in the matter. This also gives you an opportunity to assess the lawyer's communication style and work ethic. You may need to meet with several lawyers until you find the right fit. Additionally, it should be noted that some attorneys may offer free initial consultations, while others may charge a fee. It is important to clarify any fees associated with the meeting beforehand.

5. Practicing Areas

One of the most important questions to ask a tax lawyer is where exactly they are licensed to practice. If you are dealing with tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you will need a lawyer that is licensed to practice in federal court. However, it is not uncommon for those with IRS debt to also have issues with state tax entities. Therefore, your lawyer should also be licensed to practice in your specific state and jurisdiction.

6. Check Their Qualifications

Tax attorneys must have a Juris Doctor, known as a J.D. They should also have a license to practice law. Some specialists may also hold a Masters degree in taxation law, which is a major benefit if you are looking for a lawyer with niche training. Depending on your circumstances, you may also want to look for an attorney with a background in accounting such as a lawyer with a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license. You can check the credentials of your attorney with your state bar’s website.

7. Preferred Communication Methods

It is essential to maintain honest, open communication between you and your tax attorney. This is especially true if you are in the midst of a time-sensitive tax issue, where you may be anxious for updates from your attorney. Before deciding to work with a certain lawyer, you may want to establish a communication strategy. It is critical to discuss how you prefer to be contacted, who in the lawyer’s office will handle the communications, and when you can expect to hear news about your case.

8. Trust Your Gut

Trusting your instincts and following your intuition is key when making significant decisions in life, and this remains true for selecting a tax lawyer as well. While details such as credentials and experience are important, it is equally crucial to trust your gut when it comes to choosing the right tax lawyer. Your lawyer should make you feel comfortable and act professionally and respectfully. If something feels off with a particular lawyer, it is typically advised to continue your search until you find the right fit.

Seeking Legal Support

Now that you know exactly what to look for in a tax attorney, it is time to finally begin your search. Connect with an excellent tax attorney today with Attorney At Law. Our team of experts is happy to provide tailored assistance to meet your personalized needs and requests.

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