Colorado Tax Attorney

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the governmental agency responsible for the collection of federal taxes and the enforcement of the ever-changing federal tax codes. In Colorado, the state agency responsible for state taxes is the Colorado Department of Revenue. While it is our civic duty to pay taxes, sometimes financial troubles can keep us from doing so. A Colorado tax lawyer can help you with the IRS and the Colorado Department of Revenue. If you have a problem with the IRS, you can expect that your state taxes will also be affected.

The penalties for tax evasion or fraud can be very serious. Recently in Colorado, a man who owned a company was convicted of failing to pay $4.2 million in federal taxes and was sentenced to 37 months in prison. He also was forced to pay the IRS $2.19 million in restitution. He was convicted on 16 counts of failing to pay taxes and filing false tax returns.

Tax fraud occurs when an individual or business intentionally avoids paying federal, state, or local taxes through illegal means. This can include overstating deductions or declaring lesser income, gains, or profits than was actually attained. Tax evasion is a federal crime punishable by fines, prison time, and asset forfeiture.

Tax codes are complicated and the IRS can seem inflexible and difficult to work with. An experienced tax attorney understands the inner workings of the IRS and can help represent your interests. If you are experiencing problems with back-taxes or an audit, time is of the essence in getting a tax attorney involved. The IRS can issue wage garnishments, liens or seizure of property, and even request jail time for tax evasion. Fees and penalties on amounts owed to the IRS accumulate quickly. Bank accounts can be frozen, causing you a headache you don't need. The IRS can also start a criminal tax investigation even if you don't believe you've done anything illegal. A tax attorney can negotiate a settlement with the IRS on your behalf, often reducing the amount owed. Trying to work things out on your own with the IRS can be daunting and ineffective.

While it may seem expensive to hire at tax attorney, in the long run it could save you money. No one wants to pay more than their fair share of taxes, and a tax attorney can make sure you don't, especially if you are a business owner setting up an estate or receiving a large financial payment. Hiring a tax attorney is essential if you are already in trouble with the IRS, but a tax attorney can also be invaluable towards keeping you out of trouble, and reducing your tax burden.

Many people find their tax attorney just as important to their financial well-being as a their accountant or tax handler. To find a reputable tax attorney, you could ask your accountant or tax professional for a referral. The Colorado Bar Association or your county's bar association can also provide a find-a-lawyer service, where you can get a list of member attorneys practicing tax law in your area.

You do not need to wait until you being audited or in trouble with the IRS or Colorado Department of Revenue to contact a tax attorney. Let an experienced tax attorney help you to reduce your tax burden now and keep you from overpaying taxes because of the structure of your business or estate plan.