Q: My accountant says that he can help me with my tax debt resolution problem. He knows me and my taxes. Why shouldn’t I just let him help me?
A: Accountants are good at crunching numbers, knowing laws about taxation and doing taxes. Some may even be willing to help you do tax planning. They can also legally represent you in front of the IRS for your tax debt resolution problem, but that doesn’t mean that they should or even that they are the best person to represent you.
Tax debt collection law is not something that most accountants are really familiar with, nor should they be. Tax collection representation may very well take into account other areas of law such as marital dissolution law or marital property law. There may be real estate law issues or even constitutional law issues. Not only do most accountants not have any background in these areas, most of them don’t even know that there are other legal issues that may come into play. Also, most accountants are not schooled in negotiation methods and most are certainly not experienced in negotiating with the IRS. This just is not where most accountants spend their time.
You would be better off to let your accountant do your taxes and hire a knowledgeable tax resolution lawyer to handle your tax debt problem. If you do you will most likely obtain a better resolution of your problem in the vast majority of the cases.