Will the Government Think I’m Guilty if I Hire a Tax Attorney?

One of the most common questions I get when someone reaches out to me for help is will the government agent, or agency, think I’m guilty because I hired a tax attorney? Will they think I’m hiding something or trying to run away from the government? I always answer the same way. Most government agencies are overworked, and they need as much help as possible. They are more than happy to have somebody else assist in an audit or a compliance issue. Since I’ve been through the process before, I have the ability to help the taxpayer, let them know the expectations, the guidelines, and what their rights are if they want to appeal something. The government agent is more than happy to have me provide the information in an organized fashion, to provide the summaries and the information in one lump sum. Rather than go back and provide it piecemeal. The government agents are generally very happy to have someone involved in the case that has done this before. And they don’t have to spend the time educating a taxpayer because the attorney has already been through it.

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Allison Soares

Allison Soares, a renowned tax attorney, excels in representing clients before the IRS, FTB, EDD, and CDTFA. With a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a transformative teaching stint in Brazil, Allison’s diverse background enriches her legal expertise. She pursued law at St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, complementing it with an MBA in accounting and forensic accounting. Further honing her skills, she obtained a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. As an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, Allison imparts her knowledge in tax procedures, practice, and ethics. Her accolades include being named Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal and multiple Super Lawyer recognitions. Committed to community service, she volunteers with Forever Balboa Park and Friends of Balboa Park. Allison’s authoritative contributions in tax law are showcased through her publications and speaking engagements.

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