Expert Tax Representation is Essential
While it is perfectly doable to meet with, discuss and interact with the Internal Revenue Service or other tax agencies, it’s not advised to be your own expert for tax representation. There are a number of reasons that work against you, the taxpayer, when you take on your own case as your own client.
If you have a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state taxing authorities, a wise choice it to find a third party for professional tax representation. Your dispute with the IRS or state agency may include tax notices, a tax exam or the appeal of positions taken by the government – all of which are difficult and time consuming.
Part of tax representation involves ensuring that the IRS and other state taxing authorities are following the rules and proper procedures during a dispute. With tax representation, you will find comfort in knowing that if your taxpayer rights are violated, we will protect you by constantly reviewing your tax issues and assisting you through the entire process and taking the most appropriate action for your unique situation.
The IRS has no duty or obligation to help you lower or lessen one’s tax liability. That means, even if the IRS is aware of an advantage or a way to lower your tax liability, the IRS has no requirement to advise you of opportunities that can lessen or lower your tax liabilities. Likewise, you, as a taxpayer, generally will not be aware of most opportunities.
Tax Representation Can Reduce Damaging Statements
One of the things many taxpayers are not aware of is the danger of the false statement or providing too much information that is not helpful to your case. Many taxpayers get themselves into additional hot water by saying the wrong thing or panicking when being questioned. As a result, the IRS will make a determination based on these statements, generally not in the taxpayer’s favor.
Tax Representation Experience Is Critical
Most taxpayers, while they have good experience filing their own taxes, have no or little experience dealing with the complex tax rules and navigating the IRS tax resolution maze. The rules are complicated, extensive, and always changing. For the average taxpayer to become reasonably adept, it would take two years of tax preparation and resolution training and then about five years of actual practice. This is not a reasonable expectation for someone to do just to deal with the IRS.
Tax Representation Provides Protection
A key aspect of expert tax representation is the fact that it gives a taxpayer a professional buffer from the IRS. This does a number of things that work in the favor of the taxpayer. First, it slows down the progression of events. The experienced representative knows what the IRS is asking when it makes a communication, what the correct answer should be, and how to use the rules as a parameter of how the IRS will operate. These aspects are critical because the IRS staff is going to follow their processes like clockwork. The agency is not apt to bend the rules. By the time the taxpayer realizes he’s in trouble, it’s too late.
Mistakes Can Be Corrected With Professional Tax Representation
Tax representation can go a long way in changing the perspective the IRS may have of an issue as well. The IRS often takes its position based on evidence it has collected. This generally comes from the tax return filed and information reported by third parties, such as your employer. As a result, much of the IRS’ case tends to be built on what has been reported and providing documentary and written proof to challenge the IRS position.
Who Can Provide Tax Representation?
While many people use a tax professional to prepare their taxes, most tax professionals only have limited tax representation rights. When you need tax representation help, you will need to engage with a tax professional that has unlimited representation rights.
Unlimited representation rights allow a credentialed tax practitioner to represent you before the IRS on any tax matter. This is true no matter who prepared your return. Only credentialed tax professionals who have unlimited representation rights can provide representation on any tax matter. They include:
- Enrolled Agents (EA)
- Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
Limited representation rights authorize the tax professional to represent you if, and only if, they prepared and signed the return. They can do this only before IRS revenue agents, customer service representatives and similar IRS employees. They cannot represent clients whose returns they did not prepare. They cannot represent clients regarding a tax examination/audit, appeals or collection issues even if they did prepare the return in question.
Tax Representation Help Is Available
You have the right to retain an authorized representative of your choice to represent you in your dealings with the IRS. You can choose to have an Enrolled Agent represent you in any interviews and communications with the IRS. You do not have to attend with your representative or interact with the IRS in any way. Your tax representative can handle all interactions with the IRS and state taxing authority.
Tax Samaritan provides taxpayers the critical tax representation needed in dealing with the IRS and state tax agencies. Not only do we provide an immediate buffer in communication, we have the needed knowledge and skills to properly fix and resolve many problems that go sideways due to unawareness of tax code nuances. Tax Samaritan can help late filers as well, those with particularly challenging issues with collecting the necessary paperwork, finding back reports, and providing the necessary reports and filings to support a payment plan. Again, a taxpayer can go it alone with the IRS, but there’s no reason to take on that kind of risk unnecessarily. It can be handled with the expert help and professionalism with Tax Samaritan at your side.
At Samaritan Tax Relief, we put our clients first, providing them with superior service for a reasonable fee.
If you are ready to hire a qualified tax representative, contact Samaritan Tax Relief today to get help!
Samaritan Tax Relief is a team of Enrolled Agents with over 25 years of experience focusing on US tax resolution services. We maintain this tax blog where all articles are written by Enrolled Agents. Our main objective is to educate US taxpayers on their tax responsibilities and the selection of a tax professional to resolve their tax problem.
When looking for a tax professional, choose carefully. We recommend that you hire a credentialed tax professional such as Samaritan Tax Relief that is an Enrolled Agent (America’s Tax Experts).
Randall Brody is an enrolled agent, licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections and appeals. To attain the enrolled agent designation, candidates must demonstrate expertise in taxation, fulfill continuing education credits and adhere to a stringent code of ethics.
Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.