Confronting Tax Problems

Confronting Your Tax Problems With Experienced Advocacy: You are NOT alone

One of the most important steps in confronting a potential tax liability is choosing an experienced professional to provide necessary guidance. Ignoring tax problems and agency inquiries will only delay the inevitable and make matters worse.

Delay could ultimately result in criminal sanctions or loss of property through seizure. To their regret, many taxpayers wait until the audit has started before getting serious about the fact that they have problems. Many others get serious, then lose sleep through worrying rather than acting. At The Law Offices of Matthew W. Stanley, we provide compassionate counsel and sound strategies designed to identify crucial tax issues early and pursue quick, effective solutions.
Defenses to Tax Liability

When confronting tax problems, you want an attorney who can quickly and accurately assess your liability and determine the best means of reducing or defeating it. There are many options in waging a defense against tax liability. Our firm will explore every available defense, including:

  • Limiting audits
  • Innocent spouse defense
  • Knowledge and intent issues
  • Records identification and gathering
  • Financial limitations
  • Constitutional privileges
  • Various managerial review options

Voluntary Disclosure

The IRS and many states, including Washington, have "voluntary disclosure" rules or policies under which taxpayers who have made "mistakes" may disclose them to the authorities and, in turn, reduce the risk of serious sanctions. The policies work best if the disclosure predates contact from the agencies. Voluntary disclosure can benefit the taxpayer by reducing penalties, by limiting the back tax periods subject to audit and, in serious cases, by avoiding criminal prosecution.

Avoiding Added Penalties and Burdens of Tax Debt

Remember that purposely not filing a return, or intentionally filing an inaccurate return, is a crime. Ignoring the problem is not the right answer. Far more often than not, it will be in your best interest to come forward to amend returns or otherwise accept responsibility for failing to file, or filing incorrect, returns. Our experience allows us to evaluate your circumstances and give you advice on the best response as you move forward.

Call 253-752-3040 to speak directly with our tax lawyer

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