IRS Tax Fraud Lawyers
Taxes can be a very stressful thing, and the Spodek Law Group is here to help you. Todd Spodek is a top rated attorney, and is capable of handling IRS tax issues nationwide. When it comes to federal tax issues, Todd Spodek offers the highest legal service and help possible in handling your tax disputes and dealing with serious tax issues.
Regardless of whether you’re an individual with an offshore bank account, have assets, investments, or a corporation, Todd Spodek has the experience necessary to bring you into compliance with the IRS when it comes to rules and regulations.
If you have an offshore bank account, Todd can help you bring it into compliance with the IRS’s offshore voluntary disclosure program. This will help you enter the OVDP and ensure you comply with it’s requirements, and avoid potential criminal charges.
Our IRS Lawyers – Your Liaison
Dealing directly with a tax agency can be intimidating. With Todd Spodek on your side, you no longer have to deal with the agencies. Todd is your liaison, and will act as a buffer from further contact with the IRS And various state agencies where possible. He speaks to the IRS so you don’t have to. With his tax experience and knowledge of multiple tax agencies, Todd can handle the complex tax system at all levels and help you deal with all types of disputes and situations, such as:
- tax audits
- unfiled tax returns
- tax collection
- unpaid back taxes
- criminal tax investigations
- offers in compromise
- tax planning for investments and estates
- offshore voluntary disclosure program
Do You Need an IRS Tax Lawyer?
Dealing with financial difficulties, like tax issues, can be overwhelming. Rather than face this situation alone, you should hire someone, like The Spodek Law Group, to help you. You can hire a competent IRS tax attorney who knows how to handle this type of law.
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What does an IRS tax attorney do
The attorney is going to help with your tax and financial situation. He can represent you in a criminal tax matter. The attorney could be crucial in exonerating you and helping you avoid jail time, and fines. Furthermore, this type of tax attorney can give you advice on how to remove a tax lien against your personal assets or business assets. You may be able to avoid having wages garnished, and bank accounts levied, or bank accounts frozen, because of an IRS tax issue.
One more way that tax attorneys help you is by representing their clients in audits. When you are being audited by the IRS, you have the right to a lawyer. Your tax attorney can represent you and speak on your behalf. The attorney also helps with financial issues like planning out your estate.
Reasons to hire an IRS tax lawyer
You might wonder why you should hire a tax attorney. Such lawyers are trained, and experienced, in helping you with financial and tax matters. They are trained to handle matters, such as:
- criminal charges
- IRS communications
What is My Last Known Address, and Why is it Important?
Internal Revenue Code section 6212, requires that notices and documents by sent by the IRS to the taxpayer at the last known address. Most IRS notices have to be sent to this address. Some examples of IRS notices which must be sent to the persons last known address are:
- Statutory notice of deficiency – known as a 90day letter
- Notice of the right to a collection due process hearing
- Notice of determination
This is the address that appears on the taxpayer’s most recent filed, and processed, tax return – unless the IRS is given a notification of a different address.
The best way to notify the IRS of an address change is to use IRS Form 8822, which is the Change of Address. The IRS can also be notified of an address change, orally. It can be done in person, or by telephone. The problem with this method is that if the IRS employee fails to update the computer records, there’s no way to prove you notified the IRS.
The IRS also has a process where it’ll update its database of last known addresses by using the NCOA database. This database is also known as the National Change of Address database, which is maintained by the US Postal Service.
It’s important that the IRS has your last known correct address, because if something is sent to you at the address, and you don’t get it, you are still responsible for responding to it. Inquiring into a person’s last known address is fact driven. The courts will examine what the IRS knew, or should have known, regarding a taxpayer’s last known address at the time the notice was sent. There are many cases decided by courts, which set out additional rules for determining a taxpayer’s last known address. Generally, the IRS require to put in effort, due diligence, in ascertaining the correct last known address. This is especially true if the IRS has been told of an incorrect address, because a letter was returned by the US postal service.
It’s been held that a power of attorney submitted to the IRS, on Form 2848, listing a different address than the one on the most recent filed tax return given, is clear notification of a new address. If a notice is not sent to the last known address, it is not valid, and the IRS may in some cases be stopped from collecting taxes. On the other hand, if you get an IRS notice – even if it wasn’t sent to your last known address, it’s not safe to ignore it. An IRS notice, like a Statutory Notice of Deficiency, is considered valid even if it’s received by the taxpayer in time to meet the deadline for responding to the notice.
If you believe a notice wasn’t sent to you at your last known address, then you have the burden of proving that to the IRS, or a court. One of the things our federal tax layers can do is determine whether a notice was sent to the last known address.
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I Told the Person from the IRS That I Wanted to Talk to a Tax Attorney Before I Answered any Further Questions. He Said I Didn’t Need an Attorney. Do I?
You have a 100% legal right to be represented by the tax professional of your choice. The IRS might try to discourage you from exercising that right.
You have to ask, why are they doing this?
It’s likely the IRS doesn’t want you to know about all of your options.
If you’re being audited, you’ll get a mail notice inquiring about things on your taxes. the IRS might ask about charitable giving, a tax form, etc. The letter will give you details about what you need to do. They’ll ask for your response, and a deadline for sending the response back. In general, the IRS will request documents.
At this point, you can try and solving the audit on your own. You should make photo copies of all relevant records, etc. For instance, if the IRS questioning how much you tithed to the church, you should make a photo copy of the annual total tithe paperwork your church sent you. If they’re inquiring about things like your home office, then take pictures of it.
If you discover you made a mistake, and you’re missing records, don’t panic. If you hire an attorney, then you’re in a better position. If you receive a second notice from the IRS which either IGNORES or CHALLENGES your first notice, then it’s time to start hiring a professional. If your taxes were done by an accountant, or you used a tax program, then contact that company and they’ll provide you with an accountant to verify the accuracy of your taxes. At this point, an accountant is your best option. The IRS is simply inquiring about your taxes, and isn’t charging you with a crime YET. But they are close. If your taxes and financial are correct, then it’s likely that the issue will end. Once your accountant verifies your records, they’ll contact your local IRS office and handle the matter for you. If the accountant finds a mistake, then pay the IRS and be done with the issue. If the amount is too expensive, but you were at fault, then contact the IRS to setup a payment plan.
It’s necessary to hire a criminal attorney in the event of an audit, when the IRS is charging you with a crime. The most common crimes that the IRS charges people with are tax evasion, and tax fraud. If you are being audited about big mistakes, the IRS may charge you with fraud. If they are charging you – the notice will say.
At this junction, if the IRS tells you NOT to hire an attorney, it’s because they don’t want you to be well prepared. It’s crucial that you hire an attorney who is on your side and can help you navigate this process.