Q: Do I really need a tax lawyer to represent me for tax problems or can I just deal with the IRS by myself?
A: The short answer is that you may not need a lawyer to represent your interests with the IRS. However, you should arm yourself with all the information that you can get about your situation. If you owe less than $10,000 to the IRS and can afford to pay the entire amount either in one lump sum or through an installment agreement, then you probably don’t need representation. There are also other situations where it might be o.k. to deal with the IRS by yourself. However, for the vast majority of cases it might be foolish for you to talk to and deal with the IRS by yourself. What I would advise would be to amass as much information as you can about your specific problem and then at least consult with a qualified tax lawyer to determine whether you really need representation. Many tax lawyers will give you a free initial consultation. I emphasize talking to a lawyer because, by law, anything that you say to an attorney will be confidential. This is not true with other types of representatives such as CPAs and Enrolled Agents. Attorney Sheldon Lazarow does provide a free, no-obligation, half-hour consultation. Contact him at 520-623-5856 to discuss whether representation would be appropriate in your situation.