Tax professionals in a local tax practice (CPAs, accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys) have an inherent "conflict of interest" for aggressive representation of any one client because they do not want to antagonize the local IRS revenue officer or examiner in a way that will have a negative impact on their other clients.More
An OIC is an agreement between a taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service that settles the tax debt for less than the full amount owed. Absent special circumstances, an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes that the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement.OIC Info
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The most important attribute of a good tax attorney is to be "creative" with the tax law. This creativity may arise in many ways. A creative tax attorney will use interpretative skill to find support of a taxpayer position. A creative tax attorney will find a gap in a statute or a regulation (a "tax loophole") that permits favorable tax treatment in situations not covered by the statute under consideration. A creative tax attorney will be able to identify inconsistencies by the IRS in its published positions or private ruling letters. A creative tax attorney will use interpretative skills to spin facts, case law, regulations in favor of the taxpayer. Creativity is unlimited in its potential to interpret and apply the law or the ability to develop that knowledge through research skills.
It is helpful to understand the skill of a tax attorney in identifying and developing factual issues A tax attorney identifies, develops and creatively applies factual issues to defend and protect a taxpayer, to reverse an adverse IRS determination or to get a favorable tax settlement. The IRS will not develop facts that reduce tax liability. The development of factual issues by an experienced tax attorney bears directly on the legal issues and can negate or mitigate tax liability.....More