Tax Law Frequently Asked Questions
Miami-Dade County Tax Law Attorney
Q: What is tax evasion?
A: If you are trying to evade paying your taxes that is a criminal offense in the eyes of the IRS and you may face severe prosecution. Tax evasion is when someone cognitively fails to report their income or reports a lower income than they actually have. If you report false information or underpay your taxes in any way you can also be found guilty of tax evasion. Understating your taxes or any other reportable transaction is a serious offense that should not be taken lightly. Take up the proper legal protection and contact Attorney Tomas today.
Q: I feel that the outcome of an IRS audit is completely unfair. What can I do?
A: The Law Office of Antonio Tomas may be able to help you fight your IRS audit. It could be that you will need a tax litigation attorney representing you in order to handle a dispute with the IRS. There is no reason to settle for an IRS audit or examination that you don't agree with!
Q: Is there anything that can be done about my overwhelming tax debt?
A: There are several options that an attorney may be able to help you with. A tax lawyer at our firm may be able to negotiate an Offer in Compromise or an
installment agreement plan with the IRS which can greatly relieve some of the pressure a tax liability is having on you!
Q: I have been given an audit notice by the IRS. What should I do?
A: You should contact a Miami-Dade County IRS audit defense and representation attorney at the firm right away. A lawyer may be able to help you by negotiating with the IRS on your behalf in a correspondence, office or field audit to help ensure the best outcome possible.
Q: How long does the IRS have to audit me?
A: The statute of limitations regarding an IRS audit all depends on if you filed your tax return or not. If you did indeed file your return, then the IRS has exactly three years from the day you filed to begin their audit. If the IRS is examining your taxes or considering an audit, they should notify you in advance with their explanation as to why they believe an audit is necessary. If you did not file your tax return however, then there is no limit or timeframe on how long the IRS has to audit you. They can also try to collect back taxes from you at any time.
Q: How should I protect myself in the event of an audit?
A: You never know when you will be hit by an IRS audit so it is critical that you take precautionary steps to protect yourself. First, you should maintain good records otherwise the IRS will penalize you for willful neglect of record keeping. It is also wise to hire a qualified and experienced tax attorney such as Attorney Tomas, who is trained and intimately familiar with tax law. This way your rights are legally protected and you have an assertive legal advocate to fight on your side. It could help you to obtain the applicable IRS publications that are in correlation of the area of tax law that you are dealing with. It is also important to remember that when it comes to the IRS it is wise to respond promptly and honestly with all IRS communications and if you are found to be lying, the penalties will be much more severe. Lastly, trust your attorney and take his advice to heart. Attorney Tomas has extensive knowledge and experience in this area and his guidance will be your greatest asset.
Q: Is there more than one type of audit?
A: Once the IRS is certain that they want to do further examination into your tax returns, they then decide if they want to do the audit by mail correspondence or in person through an interview. For the mail correspondence audit, they will send you a letter asking for more clarifying information about your taxes. If this happens, you can either respond by mail or opt for the personal interview. The in-person audit however, is much more time consuming. This type of audit could take place in the nearest IRS office branch or in your business office or home and you have a say as to what time you are able to meet with them.
Q: How do I appeal a wage garnishment?
A: In order to hold onto your hard-earned money the first thing you should do is to obtain the help of Mr. Tomas at the firm so that he can guide you through these complex legal proceedings and represent you in court. In order to appeal your wage garnishment you will first need to fill out the 12153 IRS Form and file it with the IRS Office of Appeals. Once that is filed you can request a Collection Due Process Hearing but there are legal deadlines that you must abide by. You only have 30 days to do this from the time that you received notice of the tax levy against your wages. Contact the firm if you would like more information on this issue.
Q: Do you only take on cases involving tax law?
A: No, in fact, Attorney Tomas is also a very knowledgeable and skilled Federal and State criminal defense lawyer. He has successfully represented clients in cases involving fraud, drug trafficking or other
DUI, felony or misdemeanor allegations.
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