“Do I need a tax attorney for my IRS problems?” is probably one of the most common questions we are asked when speaking with a potential client. It is right up there with “What’s the difference between a tax attorney and an Enrolled Agent (EA) when it comes to my tax problem?” The answer to this question lies in the definition of a tax attorney and an Enrolled Agent.
What is a Tax Attorney?
A tax attorney is a specialist in federal, state and municipal rules and policies that pertain to tax liability and processes of taxation related to estate transfers, material and intellectual property acquisitions, all sources of income and all kinds of business transactions. Most tax attorneys are retained in a consulting capacity; however, they can and should be hired when dealing with a dispute that cannot be resolved outside the tax court.
What is an Enrolled Agent?
An Enrolled Agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner who has been granted representation rights by the U.S. Department of Treasury (IRS). EAs represent taxpayers before the IRS for tax issues including audits, collections and appeals but not litigation.
“Tax law is a funny thing. I think it fair to say that most CPAs (EAs) know something about the federal income tax; many if not most lawyers do not.” ~ Bernard Wolfman