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When Do You Need to Hire a Tax Relief Attorney

Do I Need to Hire a Tax Relief Attorney?

In the intricate world of tax law, the ever-evolving regulations and codes have given rise to a diverse array of tax professionals. Selecting the right expert for your unique tax situation can not only yield the best outcomes but also lead to significant financial savings.

Unveiling the Advantages of Tax Relief Lawyers

Tax relief lawyers bring distinct benefits compared to other tax experts. Their specialized training and expertise are particularly valuable in certain scenarios, offering tailored tax solutions.

Understanding the Necessity of Tax Relief Lawyers

Dealing with the IRS and state tax authorities can be daunting. Tax relief lawyers are well-versed in various resolution strategies for a plethora of tax issues. They provide crucial guidance, helping you navigate through complex tax problems such as unfiled returns, back taxes, garnishments, liens, and other IRS challenges.

The Broad Scope of Tax Relief Lawyers’ Expertise

Tax relief lawyers are equipped to handle a multitude of tax-related problems. Their legal expertise ensures the best possible outcomes, minimizing potential liabilities. They are also qualified to represent clients in court, making them invaluable in legal tax battles.

The Rigorous Training of Tax Relief Lawyers

These professionals typically hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree along with a bachelor’s. Many continue their education with a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation, providing them with specialized knowledge. Passing the state bar exam is also a requisite for practicing as a tax lawyer.

Specialization in Tax Law

  • Audit representation
  • Handling of delinquent and unfiled tax returns
  • Negotiation of installment agreements and offers in compromise
  • Seeking penalty relief
  • Assistance with tax levy and lien releases
  • Wage garnishment resolutions

How Tax Relief Lawyers Can Assist You

From researching your case to representing you in court, tax relief lawyers are indispensable in securing favorable tax settlements and protecting your financial interests.

The Unique Benefits of Working with Tax Relief Lawyers

Tax relief lawyers offer several distinct advantages…

When to Consider Hiring a Tax Relief Lawyer

Consider hiring a tax relief lawyer if…

Choosing a Tax Relief Lawyer: Local vs. National

While local tax lawyers offer convenience, broadening your search can connect you with more experienced professionals…

Other Tax Professionals

Besides tax lawyers, there are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents (EAs), each offering different skills and services…

Tax Attorney vs. CPA: Understanding the Differences

Tax attorneys and CPAs are both capable of handling complex tax matters, but their training, qualifications, and services differ…

Hiring a Tax Attorney: Costs and Considerations

The cost of hiring a tax lawyer varies based on the complexity of your case and the lawyer’s fee structure…

Overall, hiring a tax relief attorney can provide valuable expertise, representation and protection for individuals and businesses facing tax issues.

Your case will be personally handled by one of our following licensed tax relief attorneys:

Tax Attorney

Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq.

Tax Attorney

Peter R. Brantley, Esq.

Tax Attorney

David M. Feldman, Esq.

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David K. Petzinger, Esq.

At Fortress Tax Relief, every case is personally managed by one of our six tax releif attorneys. These licensed professionals have extensive experience in handling back tax cases, providing you with the reassurance that your case is in good hands.

With direct access to a lawyer handling your case, you can easily stay updated and involved throughout the process. You won’t have to worry about your case being transferred from one representative to another or falling into the hands of an inexperienced or unlicensed representative. Trust in the expertise of our tax resolution attorneys to get you the best results.

The representation that you receive is only as good as the representative to whom your case is assigned.

With many of the larger tax resolution firms around the United States, you have no idea to whom your case will be assigned. A common practice in the tax resolution services industry is to have cases handled by a “case manager” who is neither licensed nor authorized to practice before the taxing authorities. Firms who use “case managers” usually have one or more licensed professionals on staff. However, it can be difficult or impossible to actually speak to one of their licensed professionals. Worse yet, the licensed professional may have little or no oversight of your case. Turnover among unlicensed “case managers” can be high, so your case can be shuffled from one representative to another, again and again. This often results in high fees, poor service, and no results.

At Fortress Tax Relief, every case is managed by one of our six tax relief attorneys, ensuring that you receive the highest quality representation. You have direct access to the attorney handling your case, giving you peace of mind knowing that your case is in good hands.

With Fortress, not only is every case personally handled by a licensed professional, it is handled by a tax attorney who has extensive experience in handling back tax cases.  If you want to speak with the attorney handling your case, all you have to do is pick up the phone.  You won’t chance having your case handled by an inexperienced, incompetent or, even, unlicensed representative.  The risk of your case being transferred from one representative to another, again and again, is virtually nonexistent.

Your case will be personally handled by one of our following licensed tax attorneys:


Tax Attorney Bend, Oregon

Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq.

Stephen K. Galgoczy is the founder and president of Fortress Financial Services, and has been representing taxpayers in collections with both state and federal governments since 1999. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (focus on Finance and Marketing) from the University of Washington and attended Seattle University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He graduated law school cum laude and in the top 25% of his class, and holds a license to practice law in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado
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Tax Attorney

Jeremy R. Dickman, Esq.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. After working as a copy editor at a major newspaper, Jeremy attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor. Jeremy holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. Jeremy Dickman has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association. . Before entering the tax negotiation field, Jeremy was a successful litigator and criminal defense attorney.

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Tax Attorney Peter R. Brantley, Esq

Peter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Colorado College and earned his law degree on an academic scholarship from Willamette University College of Law. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. Consistent with the unblemished track record of all Fortress attorneys, Peter Brantley has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association. Prior to becoming a tax negotiation professional, Peter honed his legal skills as an extern for the Oregon Supreme Court and became an expert in a wide variety of governmental legal issues.
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Tax Attorney David M. Feldman, Esq.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In addition, David holds a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark School of Law as well as an LL.M. (an attorney’s post-doctorate master’s degree) in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. David has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association. Prior to joining Fortress, David fought for taxpayers in collections with the IRS while working for a Low-Income Legal Tax Clinic located in downtown Portland, Oregon.
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David K. Petzinger, Esq.

David not only earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho, he also earned an LL.M. in Taxation (this is a post-doctorate Master’s Degree) from the University of Washington. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. David Petzinger has never been disciplined by the Washington Bar Association.  Prior to joining Fortress, David worked for the prestigious Seattle law firm, K & L Gates, where he was involved with a variety of large civil litigation cases.
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Why Should I Hire a Tax Relief Lawyer

The primary advantage of working with a tax resolution attorney is their ability to negotiate with the IRS on your behalf. When you choose a tax relief lawyer, you will also enjoy these additional benefits:

Confidentiality through Attorney-Client Privilege: The attorney-client privilege is a legal principle that protects all communication between an attorney and their client. This confidentiality helps clients feel more comfortable sharing sensitive information with their lawyer, enabling the attorney to provide better advice and representation. This privilege is not offered to clients working with other types of tax professionals, such as accountants.

Comprehensive Advice: Tax relief lawyers typically have a broader range of knowledge and solutions to offer in comparison to other tax professionals, such as CPAs. For example, they can provide advice on filing for bankruptcy, an option not offered by other tax professionals.

Representation: A tax relief lawyer has the ability to act on your behalf and represent you before the IRS through power of attorney representation. They can handle all correspondence and negotiations with the IRS, including attending meetings and responding to letters. They can also represent you in tax court, which is not possible with other types of tax professionals.

Negotiating Tax Issues: Tax laws are complex, and there is no set formula for determining liabilities, penalties, or relief mechanisms. A tax relief lawyer, with their advanced training and negotiation skills, can navigate these complex laws and negotiate on your behalf in both negotiations with the IRS and in tax court.

A tax relief attorney may be necessary in the following situations:

  1. Tax Disputes: If you are in a disagreement with the IRS over the amount of taxes you owe, a tax relief attorney can represent you and negotiate on your behalf.
  2. Back Taxes: If you owe back taxes, a tax relief attorney can help you negotiate a payment plan or negotiate for a reduction in the amount you owe.
  3. Tax Liens and Levies: If the IRS has placed a lien or levy on your property, a tax relief attorney can help you resolve the issue and negotiate a resolution.
  4. Penalty Abatement: If you have received penalties from the IRS, a tax relief attorney can negotiate for a reduction or elimination of these penalties.
  5. Bankruptcy: If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, a tax relief attorney can advise on the tax implications of bankruptcy and help you navigate the process.
  6. Complex Tax Issues: If you have complex tax issues, such as international tax law or business tax law, a tax relief attorney can provide expert advice and representation.

Overall, a tax relief attorney can help you navigate the complex tax laws and regulations and represent you in negotiations with the IRS.

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