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Taxation Law Overview and Information
Tax law covers a broad range of property and transactions which are subject to taxation, such as property value, transactions (transfers and sales), licenses granting a right and/or income. The taxes involved in tax law include federal and state income taxes, county and city taxes on real property, state and/or local sales tax based on a percentage of each retail transaction, duties on imports from foreign countries, business licenses, federal tax (and some states' taxes) on the estates of persons who have died, taxes on large gifts and a state "use" tax in lieu of sales tax imposed on certain goods bought outside of the state.
Congress is empowered to tax "incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." The Internal Revenue Code is today embodied as Title 26 of the United States Code (26 U.S.C.). Individuals as well as corporations are required to file income tax returns. While coporations are subject to may of the same rules as are individual taxpayers, they are also covered by an intricate body of rules addressed to the peculiar problems of corporations.
Tax law is a very complicated and confusing subject and tax law changes every year. Tax attorneys represent taxpayers at all stages of tax controversies, including audit, IRS administrative appeals, trial and appellate court review. They also provide services in tax planning, compliance, and transactional work. An attorney can help you understand current tax law and how it affects your income tax problem. If you owe back taxes, a lawyer can assist you by negotiating with the IRS for an offer in compromise or installment payment agreement. If you need to go to tax court, an attorney can represent you and help minimize your income tax bill.
Every state has different property tax laws and different appeal processes. An attorney can help you understand your state's property tax law and determine whether you are paying a fair property tax. If needed, a lawyer can help you contest the appraisal of your home or bring an appeal.
Some of the services provided by tax attorneys include:
- IRS Audit Representation
- Tax Law Research, Technical And Interpretative Analysis
- Audit Strategy And Defense
- Tax Penalty And Interest Defense, Reduction, Abatement Or Elimination
- Collection, Levy, Seizure and Lien Protection and Defense
- Fraud Defenses
- Offers-In-Compromise To Reduce Final Tax Determinations And Penalties
- Requests For Technical Advice and Determination Letters
- Requests For Private Letter Rulings
- Planning For A Tax-Free Merger, Spin-Off Or Other Corporate Reorganization
- Negotiated Settlements
- Formation of Tax Exempt Charitable Organizations
- Lobbying Services
- Court Appeals & Brief Preparation
- Stop Payroll Garnishment
- Stop Bank Levy
- Lien Subordination