Choosing the Right Tax Professional for an IRS Problem

Dealing with an IRS Problem is Difficult enough—Be sure you have the Right Tax Pro on Your Team

Having an IRS tax problem is nerve-racking, and with so much information online, choosing the right tax professional is confusing. However if you have a problem with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it is extremely important to choose a tax professional with experience dealing daily with the IRS.

Many individuals go to their tax preparer for help, but most preparers, while they may be excellent for constructing tax returns and tax savings ideas, actually spend very little time working directly with the IRS.

Going to an attorney often brings taxpayers a sense of comfort that there is a professional working on their case.  However very few attorneys have IRS controversy as their primary focus and offer additional services such as bankruptcy, family law, business law, among other fields.  Many attorneys actually sub the work out to professionals who’s focus is IRS Tax Controversy and just charge a markup for the fee.

Again choosing a tax professional who’s only focus is dealing with the IRS specifically helps your case for the following reasons:

  1. Expertise: A tax professional with experience dealing daily with the IRS is likely to have a deeper understanding of the complex tax laws and regulations that may be relevant to your situation. They will be able to provide valuable guidance and help you navigate the often confusing and complicated process of resolving an issue with the IRS. Often times when dealing with the IRS, I have found that there is the “right way” of resolving an issue—the way that is supposed to work—but it doesn’t… At the same time, we know to go a different path to resolve the issue which may not be the “correct” or “right way” to resolve the issue, but we know from past experiences that it’s the way that works..
  2. Communication: Often times when dealing with the IRS, getting the right person on the other end of the line is a challenge.  A tax professional with experience dealing daily with the IRS will be familiar with the agency’s procedures and protocols. They will know how to communicate effectively with the IRS and advocate on your behalf to help resolve your issue as efficiently as possible.
  3. Negotiation: If you owe money to the IRS, a tax professional with daily experience dealing with the IRS will be able to negotiate a payment plan or other resolution that works for you. They will be able to assess your financial situation, knowing what is required to be included and what is not required, and identify options that may be available to you to help resolve your tax debt.
  4. Advocacy: If you believe that you have been treated unfairly by the IRS, an IRS focused tax professional will be able to advocate on your behalf to challenge the agency’s decisions or actions. They will be able to provide guidance and representation to help you protect your rights and interests.

In summary, choosing a tax professional can be a confusing and daunting task.  Choosing a professional with experience dealing daily with the IRS can provide you with the expertise, communication, negotiation, and advocacy you need to effectively resolve any issues you may have with the agency.