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Tax Attorney

What is a Tax Attorney?

Tax Attorneys help their clients navigate and comply with the complex system of tax codes and legally take advantage of the myriad deductions, credits, and exemptions. They also represent clients in tax disputes. Tax Attorneys in private practice assist both individuals and businesses. They may also serve as corporate in-house counsel or work in the government.

Staying up-to-date with and interpreting the changing federal tax code constitutes a large part of the tax law profession, along with understanding the interplay between federal, state, and local laws. There are particular standards you must meet to show that you have met the criteria that this profession demands.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or taxation
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school
  • Pass the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination)
  • State bar admission

Tax Attorney Essential Skills

  • Accounting and mathematical skills
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Legal and factual research skills
  • Analytical abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong collaborative abilities

Tax Attorney Roles & Responsibilities

  • Represent clients in court cases regarding tax-related legal disputes
  • Negotiate tax-related compromises with the IRS on behalf of their clients
  • Provide guidance on how to structure the purchase and sale of a business by looking at the seller's debts, liabilities, finances and assets
  • Monitor legislative developments and advise clients with respect to the potential impact of pending legislation on their businesses and their personal finances

Day-to-Day Duties

  • Conduct legal research using computer databases
  • Read extensive material regarding tax law changes
  • Litigate tax disputes in court if necessary
  • Write and file motions and court briefs
  • Structure, negotiate, and document business entities

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