Sacramento Tax Lawyer
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I help clients with over $10,000 in back taxes resolve their debt with the IRS and the State of California. In addition, I represent businesses under audit for payroll and sales tax violations. To learn more about your tax relief options call our tax law firm at (916) 299-9913 for a free consultation.
Resolve Tax Debt
Most of my clients are in IRS collections. Some clients have recorded tax liens, bank levies, wage garnishment, intercepted tax refunds, or an income tax audit. Other clients are experiencing an EDD payroll tax audit or CDTFA sales tax audit. Fortunately, whether my client is an individual or a business, I can often help my client navigate tax resolution.
Tax Resolution Strategy
After the free consultation, I begin to secure tax relief for my clients by ensuring that all future communications with the IRS, CDTFA, EDD, and FTB go through my law firm. Next, I create a tax resolution strategy that fits my client’s situation. At times that strategy will be an offer in compromise, while at other times an installment agreement or currently non-collectible status will be more appropriate. Regardless of which tax resolution strategy is employed, the goal in every case is to (1) stop tax collection, (2) minimize tax liability, and (3) secure a path toward tax resolution.
– Jin KimTax Attorney
Free Consultation & Payment Plan
How I Can Help You
Receiving a collection letter from the IRS or the sudden appearance of a revenue officer at your business can be intimidating and leave you feeling vulnerable. However, I can help you take control of your tax debt so you can sleep better at night. When you call the Law Office of Jin Kim at (916) 299-9913 for a free consultation I can help you better understand your situation and identify practical tax resolution strategies. In every case, the first step in achieving tax resolution is a free consultation with me, Sacramento tax attorney Jin Kim.
How I Can Stop IRS Collections
In McCulloch v Maryland Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote “the power to tax involves the power to destroy.” As many taxpayers find out too late, the IRS may destroy your financial security or business in their quest to collect every dime of your tax liability. The IRS will levy your bank account, garnish your wages, file a federal tax lien against your home, offset tax refunds, and assess penalties until your tax debt is repaid.
However, while the IRS may have the power to destroy your business or financial welfare, that’s usually not the case when they’re dealing with an experienced tax attorney. In essence, the IRS is interested in workable solutions that enhance its ability to collect some portion of the tax owed. Accordingly, nearly every person who calls the Law Office of Jin Kim at (916) 299-9913 can benefit from my free tax consultation. At the very least, they better understand their position and possible tax resolution options, but clients who actually hire me gain the added benefit of no longer waiting for the IRS to take action. Instead, we take action by working with the IRS to create a tax relief strategy that stops the collection process.
Nearly everyone with tax debt wants to know how much hiring a Sacramento tax attorney will cost. Accordingly, I offer flat fees to make the cost of hiring a tax attorney transparent and payment plans to make my fees more affordable. If you’re a middle-class taxpayer with IRS or California tax debt, I can probably help you achieve tax resolution for a fraction of what you owe.
If you have at least $10,000 of tax debt I encourage you to call the Law Office of Jin Kim at (916) 299-9913 for a free tax consultation. I can discuss your matter over the phone, on Zoom, or at my Watt Ave office near the Sacramento IRS building. During your consultation, I can help you understand the IRS collection process and identify which tax resolution strategy best fits your situation. If I can help you achieve tax resolution I’ll give you a no-obligation quote, and in many cases, my quote will be a flat fee payable through a payment plan.
How Much Does A Tax Attorney Cost?
The most common question people have when searching for a tax lawyer is “how much will a tax attorney cost?” In Sacramento, the answer to that question will depend on the tax attorney and the complexity of your case. In general, experienced tax attorneys will cost more than inexperienced lawyers. However, even experienced local tax attorneys can cost roughly the same as big tax resolution companies that employ non-attorneys. As to the complexity of the case, regular individuals will usually pay less than businesses. When the taxpayer is a business, it’s more likely that an IRS revenue officer is involved. Also, business tax cases are in a different unit at the IRS than regular taxpayers. Lastly, some tax resolution strategies for a business, like an offer in compromise, can be more difficult as the IRS has a different analysis for businesses vs. individuals.
Sample Tax Attorney Fees
For most clients, the total cost of hiring a Sacramento tax attorney will be reflected as a flat fee. Most California tax attorneys charge flat fees and accept payment plans as low as $200 per month. While all cases vary in complexity, most people can hire a tax attorney for $1,800 to $3,500. Once hired, the tax attorney can work towards an offer in compromise, installment agreement, or non-collectible status.
Tax Attorney Flat Fees
Many people prefer to hire a tax attorney for a flat fee rather than pay a retainer fee with monthly billing. Flat fees have the benefit of being more transparent as clients understand exactly how much their case will cost. In contrast, hourly billing leads to monthly invoices with unpredictable totals and often requires replenishment of the retainer fee. As some unscrupulous attorneys have a reputation for over-billing clients, it’s no wonder why many individuals prefer to pay a flat fee.
Tax attorney Jin Kim offers flat fees for most tax resolution services. For a fixed price she can represent you against the IRS, FTB, or CDTFA and work towards reducing your tax liability.
Tax Attorney Payment Plans
Many people are surprised to learn they can actually afford to hire a tax attorney. Understandably, nearly every client has significant tax debt and limited resources to hire a tax attorney. To make tax resolution more affordable, attorney Jin Kim accepts most cases on a payment plan. After a down payment, she can appear as your attorney before the IRS, FTB, CDTFA, or other tax agency and work toward resolving your tax liabilities. With affordable monthly payments, nearly everyone can hire a tax attorney and take control of their tax debt.
Offer in Compromise
An offer in compromise (OIC) is a popular tax resolution strategy, but it’s one of the most complicated forms of tax relief. In brief, an offer in compromise is the settlement of tax debt for less than the amount owed. However, a viable offer is not a random figure, but rather an amount that aligns with the client’s reasonable collection potential (ie. how much the IRS can collect from the client’s income and assets). Moreover, a basis must exist for an offer in compromise such as when there is doubt as to collectibility, doubt as to liability, or when an OIC promotes effective tax administration, such as when IRS collection would create an economic hardship as defined in Treas. Reg. § 301.6343-1(b)(4). As is evident from this partial list of criteria, OIC applications can be complicated, and the chances of getting an offer accepted increase when filed through competent legal counsel.
IRS Installment Agreements
Sometimes the amount owed to the IRS becomes so great that a one-time payoff is out of the question. In these cases, a tax attorney may be able to work out an installment agreement with the IRS to stop collections, such as wage garnishment or bank levy, while the tax debt is repaid over time. However, interest and penalties will continue to accrue throughout the installment plan until the balance is paid in full. Nevertheless, installment agreements can be effective in cases of non-dischargeable tax debt, such as payroll and employment taxes, that are not eligible for offers in compromise and, if left unpaid, can lead to closure of the business.
IRS Collection Defense
The majority of Jin Kim’s clients owe federal tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service. Moreover, these clients are in some stage of IRS collections, from a ‘notice of tax due’ letter to more advanced stages such as bank levy, wage garnishment, or a tax lien. Nevertheless, in many cases, IRS tax attorney Jin Kim can offer assistance right away by forcing the IRS to communicate through the Law Office of Jin Kim, not directly with the client. Next, an IRS defense attorney will create a tax resolution strategy that fits the client’s situation. That strategy may be as simple as currently non-collectible status with the IRS to more complicated solutions such as an installment agreement that prevents the accrual of interest or offers in compromise that settles the overall tax debt for less than the total amount owed.
The Law Office of Jin Kim represents clients under IRS income tax audit, CDTFA sales tax audit, and EDD payroll tax audit. Many of our audit defense clients are businesses that have a variety of tax problems, but chief among them are sales and payroll tax arrears that threaten the continued operation of the business. In all cases, our goal is to minimize tax liability with the applicable tax agency and ensure that business operations continue. For that to happen, we work with clients and their accountants to facilitate ongoing tax compliance while our office engages with the tax agency to secure tax resolution.
Tax Attorney vs. EA vs. ‘Tax Resolution’ Companies
If you’re facing IRS tax collection you’re probably wondering whether you need to hire a tax attorney. After all, there are tax attorneys, tax resolution companies, CPA’s, EA’s, and a whole alphabet soup of practitioners in the tax resolution industry. It’s true that non-attorneys such as Enrolled Agents and CPA tax resolution companies can offer tax resolution services, but as many clients have found out after considerable expense, tax resolution companies can leave clients with poor results. Instead, consider hiring an experienced tax attorney who is governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct, professionally accountable to the State Bar, and whose confidential communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege. By hiring a flat fee tax attorney you’ll communicate directly with an experienced attorney who understands your case and tax relief options, not an unlicensed case manager who is there to make sure you don’t take up the time of licensed tax professionals. At base, for a very similar fee, consider hiring an experienced tax attorney instead of a faceless company that focuses on the number of cases.