Vermont Tax Attorney

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It is a scary prospect to face a fight with the IRS or Vermont's state revenue department. If you are being audited, accused of tax fraud, owe back taxes or any other problem, you may need to call a tax attorney. State and federal tax laws are complex, confusing, and can change from year to year, making it difficult for the average American to decipher. You need a professional with experience fighting for you and ensuring your rights are protected.

Taxes are applicable for nearly every transaction we do in our daily lives. Often, we just take them as they come. As transactions become more complex, tax laws do as well. Many people try to get around the system by not paying these taxes at all, thinking nobody will notice. This is called tax evasion. Tax evasion, or tax fraud, occurs when an individual or business intentionally avoids paying federal, state, or local taxes through illegal means. Some of these means include overstating their 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 laws are complicated and often change from year to year. Even the simple change of a sentence or two within the tax code can make an impact on your tax processes. When you owe the IRS money, it is not like owing a credit card payment. They have the tools and resources to get their money from you one way or another. They can seize your assets, garnish your wages or place a lien on your property. They can freeze your bank account and cause many problems for your family or business. They can also start a criminal tax investigation, even if you don't believe you've done anything illegal. On top of that, the fees on your account can snowball into unmanageable territory.

You can request a consultation with a tax attorney anywhere in Vermont to review your case and your options. It is important to seek help if you have mounting fees, liens or wage garnishments. If you owe a large tax debt, it can't just go away. The IRS is not an average creditor, and has a lot of power to collect their money. Working with a tax attorney could give you some breathing room and possibly a reduction in the debt. If it is an older debt, your attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement for as low as pennies on the dollar. A tax attorney can also help you prepare for and present your audit information.

If you own a small business, a tax attorney can review your records. Even if you employ an accountant, it is a wise investment to have a tax attorney audit you to catch any errors before they become problems. If your tax problem is relatively small, you may be able to handle it on your own but if you do not feel completely comfortable as least review your case with a tax attorney.

Recently in Vermont, a man was sentenced to jail for wire, bank and tax fraud after stealing the identities of 37 people so he could file fraudulent tax returns. He also manufactured checks on his computer using stolen routing numbers and account numbers, as well as arranged for electronic withdrawals from the victim's account to pay his credit card accounts. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison for his crimes as well as ordered to pay restitution of $213,000.

Do your homework and find the best tax attorney for your situation. In the long run it is likely you will fare better for having an attorney on your side. Don't face this alone, hire the best so you can get this whole situation behind you as soon as possible.