North Dakota Tax Attorney

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Save for the Native American population, all North Dakotans are required to pay taxes. Although the state's tax laws are not as intricate as in most others, North Dakota tax laws still require the expertise of a tax attorney, especially if those laws are being used to encroach upon a resident.

Tax law is defined as a system of laws that describes government levies on economic transactions and gains. When individuals or businesses fail to oblige to these levies through the use of tax manipulation, they are in effect committing tax evasion or fraud, both of which are punishable by federal guidelines, including fines, prison time, and asset forfeiture.
Many believe the IRS is the primary agency dealing with tax evasion and fraud, and while this is true, other departments—the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—do contribute to investigations.

On the opposite side of tax evasion and fraud is tax avoidance, which is defined as a process where one has worked out their finances so that they can apply the full exemptions and deductions that tax laws provide to diminish taxable income. Tax avoidance forgoes the establishment of a tax liability, is completely legal and should not be confused for tax evasion and fraud, which is a tax that is legally owed already.

A tax attorney's job is to protect his client's best interest in most any tax situation. As the client in any case varies—it can be an individual or business—so too does the type of protection used by a tax attorney. That is to say, most attorneys should be knowledgeable on anything from estate planning to employment benefits and withholdings. Most often, tax attorneys are protecting clients from North Dakota state proceedings or the federal government, or both. No matter what the situation, a qualified North Dakota tax attorney should be able to represent your best interest on any tax matter.

North Dakota's set of tax laws require an intimate knowledge of the state\'s proceedings. Such an intimate knowledge is often part of a North Dakota tax attorney\'s repertoire. Having the know-how related to dealing with the state can result in a defense resulting in favorable outcomes, including out-of-court settlements. So if you want to have your tax dilemma disappear before it hits the courtroom, contacting a North Dakota tax attorney should be your first step.

In the case of an extensive audit, a tax attorney can gather critical tax-related information, present a defense, and expedite the process as much as possible.

In recent North Dakota tax news, an executive of a large company plead guilty to nine felony counts of tax fraud. He filed false federal tax returns for his company and false individual tax returns. He was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and faces a required maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. In the case of his tax fraud amounts, he faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and another $250,000 fine.

Federal tax matters are often very complex, and also require the knowledge and expertise of a tax attorney. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a bureaucratic behemoth that one should not approach without the aid of a tax attorney. Obviously, one from North Dakota is best, because he can better anticipate the needs of clients from his own state.

Consulting a tax attorney before a major issue arises is optimal, but often impossible. Often when a client knows that there is a problem, the audit, seizure, or lien is already in progress. Therefore, it is best to contact the attorney as soon as the problem is recognized. Moreover, it is unwise to approach any major tax matter, whether it is against the state of North Dakota or the IRS, without hiring an attorney.

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