Making Tax Disputes Less Taxing
As our clients are well aware, it is all too easy to become entangled in the complexities of bankruptcy, tax controversy, or other IRS and general tax problems. If you are located in Georgia or South Carolina, you are fortunate to have the superlative legal services of The Wooten Firm, LLC at your disposal. Our tax attorneys are ready to help you get your life back together.
We are well-prepared to help you with stopping IRS levies, lien releases, offers in compromise, installment agreements, collection due process, trust fund recovery, innocent spouse relief, appeals, and tax court litigation.
Tax Court Versatility
Unlike most accountants and enrolled agents, our tax attorneys are experienced litigators licensed to practice in the United States Tax Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the District of South Carolina. We are former “big law” attorneys and provide our clients with the same high-level legal service they would get at a much larger firm, but at a lower cost and with more personal attention.
At The Wooten Firm, you are always our first priority and we are happy to work with you as a team to solve your problems as quickly as possible.
The Importance of Accounting and Confidentiality
When you work with Wooten Firm, LLC, you have the security of knowing your attorney has the duty of confidentiality. We regularly work with CPAs and enrolled agents to prepare unpaid returns, audit defense, and assisting with your case.
Fear of being audited and speaking with an IRS agent seems to be implanted in most Americans. It may be that the IRS fosters this fear in the belief that it will “scare us straight.” No matter what the cause of audit fear, tax audits are not nearly as awful as most people envision. Unlike the nightmare scenarios many of us imagine, most audits involve correspondence through the mail.
An audit is basically a simple request for more information, though in some cases, the taxpayer may then be asked to appear in person. However, in many cases we can appear on your behalf.
While many taxpayers have paid their tax preparer’s for “audit protection services,” such services only protect you from mathematical or other errors the preparer may have made. This protection does not protect you in any way if you have made a mistake in reporting or if you have cheated on your tax returns. One of the essential services our firm offers is defending you from a serious audit by the IRS. Though you are not legally required to have an attorney at your side, we do not recommend that you go into an audit without legal counsel.
Having one of our highly capable tax attorneys with you will serve several purposes:  make you less nervous because you know you have professional back-up  make sure that you turn over precisely the right amount of information — too little will be suspect; too much will lead to unnecessary questions and complications and  protect your interests with thorough knowledge of the process and through attorney-client privilege.
At The Wooten Firm, we will help you determine whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 is best for you. In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your assets are liquidated, the money is used to pay off your creditors, and most remaining debts are forgiven. In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your debts will be restructured and you will pay your creditors directly through the courts. As your attorneys, we may be able to make a deal with your creditors to accept less money than you owe them, and you will be able to retain your assets.
Sometimes we can have you tax debt eliminated through bankruptcy and without you having to pay the IRS. It should be remembered that when you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, some of your debts will not be forgiven, including some back taxes, certain unpaid student loan debt, and unpaid child support or spousal maintenance.
Innocent Spouse Relief
Innocent Spouse Relief was created by the IRS to protect spouses who, though they filed a joint return, were not involved in their spouse’s or former spouse’s misdeeds in terms of reporting income or claiming deductions.
Our attorneys can protect you from this situation in a number of ways:
Perhaps you have been living separately from your spouse; perhaps you had no reason to know that the return filed was incorrectly. Whatever the reason, you are not responsible for your spouse’s offense, and you can be sure we will find it and use it to protect you.
Our attorneys will help you understand the complexities of innocent spouse relief, both in Georgia and South Carolina. Laws in both states allow relief from liability when the spouse filing the joint return has incorrectly reported income without the knowledge or consent of the “innocent spouse.” The latter must be able to prove that he or she did not know, nor have reason to know, that income was reported incorrectly to understate the amount of tax owed. In some cases, the court has ruled that the educational level of the “innocent spouse” is pertinent in deciding whether that spouse should be expected to know the basics of tax liability.
Whatever the reason you are not responsible for your spouse’s offense, you can be sure we will find it and use it to protect you.
Call The Wooten Firm Today
Our attorneys will guide you through all kinds of tax issues, including audits, assessments, corporate income or payroll taxes, installments, offers in compromise, and IRS Fresh Start programs.
Whether you are challenged by tax levies, tax court litigation, or the complicated process of tax appeals, having The Wooten Firm on your side can make all the difference. We will always put your best interests first, working diligently to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
Need an experienced legal advocate? We are here to help. Give us a call today.