There are few aspects of our daily lives that are not affected in some way by tax laws.
Whether this involves income tax, tax on the sale of personal and real property, gift tax, or estate taxes, our system of taxation has a far-reaching impact. We know how confusing and overwhelming the tax code can be. At Dagger Law, we pride ourselves on helping clients understand their options in terms that are clear and understandable. No matter how complex, or simple, your tax related problem is we aim to get your issues resolved quickly and correctly.
A tax lawyer from Dagger Law can assist clients with effective planning strategies which minimize both individual and business income taxes, as well as estate or gift taxes.
Our experienced tax attorneys can also provide trusted legal advice to help guide you through the preparation of your personal tax returns and other business tax, compliance-oriented, matters. Additionally, the tax lawyers at Dagger Law provide legal representation, on behalf of their clients, in disputes involving the IRS and other federal, state, and local taxing authorities. We can help clients identify potential issues, assist businesses with meeting compliance standards in their tax filings, and provide representation during the negotiation of a settlement arrangement. We aim to minimize the impact that tax issues can have on your life.
R. Mark Bibler has experience as a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive), and focuses his legal practice as Dagger Law’s primary tax lawyer. In this role he serves as a trusted resource on all tax matters handled by the firm, whether they are personal or corporate in nature. His past work experience includes employment in the tax department of one of the world’s largest accounting firms.
Our experienced tax lawyers can answer your questions about common taxation concerns, such as:
- What should I do if I receive a letter from the IRS or the Ohio Department of Taxation?
- Do trusts and estates have to file income tax returns, and when do they need to do so?
- How do I know if a proposed tax assessment is correct?
- Under what circumstances do I need to file a gift tax return?
- When does an estate file its tax return, and who is responsible to handle that?
- Will I owe estate taxes on the death of my spouse?
- Will I owe estate taxes on the death of my parent?
- Are there things we can do to minimize the tax liability of an estate in probate?
- How much of the estate will be needed to pay taxes?
- What are the tax effects when I sell a business, real estate or other property?
- I am approaching retirement age – what will be the taxes owed on my retirement account distributions?
Q: Why would I need a tax attorney?
A: Many tax issues come from the the audit of one or more tax returns. If you are notified that your tax returns will be audited, we recommend that you hire an experienced tax attorney right away. An attorney can ensure that proper communications and deadlines with the IRS are met, work side by side with you during the audit process, and help negotiate a settlement if it is necessary to do so. Additionally, a lawyer may be able to help you avoid a tax lien, which could damage your credit rating.
Q: What is a tax lien?
A: A tax lien gives the government a legal claim to your property in order to resolve an outstanding debt. While your property won’t be seized, it does mean that the lien entitles the taxation authority the first right over any creditors, which will impact the amount of money you get upon a sale, or may require settlement in order to sell or pass on the property.
Q: Can I go to jail for not filing my taxes?
A: You are far more likely to go to jail for the fraudulent filing of taxes, than failing to file or pay. That said, any situation can get out of control, and while the governmental tax authority ultimately wants what it is owed there can be stiff penalties for failing to file. If you are in a situation where you can’t afford to pay your tax debt, we recommend that you at least file and pay what you can. If things are more complex than this, it would be suggested that you contact a tax attorney for more specific guidance with navigating all of the tax laws and associated penalties you might be facing.
Q: Will a tax lawyer travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in Lancaster or Canal Winchester?
A: While some meetings will need to be held in our offices, we do try to minimize your travel time by offering two convenient locations in both Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. It is our goal to minimize the disruption to your life caused by tax issues, and many communications or meetings can be conducted through emails or phone calls. In certain circumstances we realize that it isn’t possible for clients to physically come into our offices, and visits to your location may be required. If a Dagger Law attorney is retained to represent you, they will travel to the necessary audits, court hearings, and legal procedures in order to represent you; even if that court is across the state! Please note that in some instances the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances, if we are able.
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