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When Do You Need a Tax Attorney?

When Do You Need a Tax Attorney?

When Do You Need a Tax Attorney?

Taxes can be intimidating for many people. It’s a complex process that requires precise information and there are specific guidelines to follow. Accountants and tax attorneys can help individuals with their taxes. Each can help past events and help you prepare for the future. But, at what point do you use a tax attorney rather than an accountant?


What is a Tax Attorney?

A tax attorney is a lawyer who specializes in the tax law field. They must acquire a Juris Doctor degree and be admitted to the state bar in order to legally practice. Many tax attorney’s have advanced training in tax law or a master of laws degree in taxation. In addition, there are some who also have backgrounds in accounting.


Tax attorneys are often used to help individuals who are having issues associated with their taxes. Consulting with a tax attorney can help people avoid tax problems from the get-go. However, an attorney can still be used once you are facing a problem. Here are a few instances where you may need to utilize a tax attorney.

Taxable Estate

If you have a taxable estate then you may need to consult with a tax attorney. While it’s common to think of taxes as your personal return, there is more involved than that. Estates must file returns. As of this year, an estate is taxable if the total value at the time of death is greater than $11.58 million. For married couples a taxable estate must exceed $23.16 million.


Consulting with a tax lawyer is the best way to create an estate planning strategy that helps you stay below the exemption. This will help you avoid paying a large portion of your estate to the IRS.


Business Start-Ups

If you’re starting a business then you should also consult with a tax lawyer. Each business setup comes with its own set of tax rules. An experienced tax attorney will be able to advise you on the structure and tax ramifications of your business. This includes non-tax issues that you may not have considered yet.


For business owners who plan to take part in international business, there will be certain contracts, legal issues and tax treatment to take into consideration. Working with a tax lawyer is the best way to be fully prepared for this type of situation.


Legal Matters

Are you considering filing a suit against the IRS? Are you under criminal investigation with the IRS? Do you want an independent review of your case by the US Tax Court? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll need the help of one of our experienced tax lawyers.

While you can use some non-attorneys in court, you have a better chance by utilizing someone who is experienced with tax laws. The experienced team at Mestayer & Associates can help individuals seeking a tax attorney.


Mestayer & Associates provides civil litigation for clients throughout the Gulf Coast area including Pascagoula, Biloxi, and Gulfport. If you are making future plans for your estate, then contact us today and let us help take care of every detail of your finances. Call us today at 228-762-1193 or visit www.pascagoulalaw.com. We are your legal experts! You can also visit our office located at 2128 Ingalls Ave. in Pascagoula, Mississippi. We look forward to talking with you!

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This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. I am licensed to practice law in Mississippi and have based the information presented on US laws. This article is legal information and is for entertainment and informational purposes only and should not be seen as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney before you rely on this information. Any information provided in this blog is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but that there may be omissions, errors or mistakes.