Marin Law Partners, LLP, which has two accomplished tax law attorneys
on staff with over 40 years of combined tax law related experience,
is uniquely qualified to handle any type of IRS dispute. We handle
all types of disputes including those involving audits, appeals,
collections actions, tax litigation, criminal charges, non-filers
and offers in
compromise. We understand the dedication, skill and persistence
that are required to give our clients proper representation for
their IRS and California FTB conflicts.
Whether you have been accused of tax
evasion or you are interested in
remedying past mistakes or oversights in your filed income tax returns,
we can help devise a strategy to meet your situation.
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An IRS audit may be the beginning of a difficult process
that can lead
to tax penalties and even criminal prosecution. Our tax attorneys
you in managing this process while minimizing the strain it puts
or your business. We understand IRS audit law.
An audit is a procedure used by the Internal Revenue
Service to gather
information about your income tax return and determine if the information
you provided was accurate. The IRS will ask for all evidence it
feels is relevant to the information on your tax return. Typically
they will request information from the taxpayer and sources related
to the taxpayer (banks, customers, employers, etc.). Occasionally,
the IRS will request information that is not relevant. Information,
such as customer lists, may be requested even when the information
is not clearly relevant to your tax return. If we cannot convince
the IRS to retract these requests, it may become necessary to ask
the Court to
quash the Summons in order to protect you and your business. Only
attorney can handle these proceedings.
Our tax law firm focuses on helping clients with their
IRS battles. The audit is the opening salvo and the issues can get
complicated and time consuming. You need a experienced tax professional
to protect your interests and your financial future, and possibly
your personal freedom. Resolute action may prevent your tax problems
from migrating from years under audit to other years.
There is no requirement that you appear at an audit
meeting. Typically we do not have our clients appear. If there are
questions we cannot answer, we
request that they be presented in writing and we will respond in
writing. This process of written questions and answers ensures
that there are no misunderstandings or miscommunication.
When an IRS audit results in an audit recommendation
you do not agree
with, our tax law firm can represent you before the Appeals Office.
Appeals Officers are many times more experienced and knowledgeable
than the Revenue Agents who handle audits, and the majority of disputed
audits are settled during the appeals process. It is important to
have someone who understands the procedure and has been there before
and we are both.
An aggressive and knowledgeable tax lawyer can make
a large difference in the settlement offered to you during the appeals
process. The IRS typically does not want to litigate these issues
because of the time, expense, and risk of an unfavorable outcome.
The best opportunity to resolve your tax dispute successfully
is before the tax is assessed. If you were not able to obtain a
satisfactory settlement during the IRS audit and appeals stage,
or in tax court, the tax will be assessed. Our tax law firm can
help you fight the validity of the tax, or obtain collection relief
in certain circumstances.
The most commonly employed collection related tools
are the offer in compromise and installment agreements. Those who
advertise the ability
to settle for "pennies on the dollar" are often referring
to the offer in compromise program. The IRS has issued a warning
against some of these companies and no one can promise you such
a settlement without extensive consultation about your particular
Contact our tax law firm today to schedule a consultation.
Offers in Compromise
The Offer in Compromise program was established to
grant relief to individuals owing tax in certain situations. Our
tax law firm can advise you on your eligibility to meet the requirements
of the IRS's Offer in Compromise program.
The television is full of people advertising services
that promise to settle your tax debt for "pennies on the dollar."
These services are generally not attorneys, and are basically Offers
in Compromise mills. They fill out the forms, regardless of the
clients' individual situation, and make an offer. These offers are
often not accepted by the IRS. The IRS has even gone so far as to
release a consumer alert advising taxpayers to beware of these "pennies
on the dollar" claims.
If you do qualify for the Offer in Compromise program
because the IRS has doubts about the tax liability, doubts about
their ability to collect the debt, or undue hardship involved in
paying the debt, you will be best served by having an experienced
and knowledgeable tax attorney to help you present your arguments.
The chances of a successful petition are much better with an efficient
Offer in Compromise attorney working for you.
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Corte Madera, CA 94925
575 Jefferson Street
Napa, CA 94559
135 Keller Street, Suite C
Petaluma, CA 94952
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