If you are being audited, facing collection, or need to dispute a tax assessment, we can help. We represent clients in tax matters involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR).
As a resident of the United States and the State of Florida, you have the right to pay the minimum amount of tax required under the law. This is a fundamental principle of state and federal tax law, and one that has been clearly recognized by the courts:
“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” – Judge Learned Hand, Helvering v. Gregory, 69 F.2d 809, 810 (2d Cir. 1934), aff’d, 293 U.S. 465 (1935).
Unfortunately, this does not stop the IRS and the Florida DOR from sometimes seeking to collect more than is legally required. At St. Louis Morris, P.A., we help residents and businesses throughout South Florida minimize their tax obligations consistent with the law.
Experienced Representation for IRS Tax Issues
We represent clients facing IRS audits, appeals, collections cases, and tax litigation.
IRS Audits and Appeals
If you have received an audit notice from the IRS, we can help. Dealing with the IRS can be an extremely slow and frustrating process – often taking months, or even years, to resolve what should be simple and straightforward issues. When you hire us to represent you in your IRS audit, we will simply obtain a power of attorney so that we can work with the IRS directly to resolve the issues on your behalf.
We take a similar approach to IRS tax appeals as well. If you have received an incorrect assessment or if the IRS is threatening to garnish your wages, seize your assets or funds from your bank accounts, or place a lien on your home, we will work as quickly as possible to prevent the IRS from imposing undue obligations and interfering with your life.
IRS Collection Cases
If you owe a tax obligation that you are unable to pay, we can assist you here as well. Although tax obligations generally are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, there are other ways that we can seek to reduce your burden for outstanding taxes. This includes seeking to negotiate an Installment Agreement or submitting a successful Offer in Compromise:
- Installment Agreement – With an Installment Agreement, you can avoid having the IRS seek to garnish your wages or seize your property by agreeing to pay your outstanding tax obligations over time.
- Offer in Compromise – With an Offer in Compromise, you obtain the IRS’s consent to accept less than the full amount that you currently owe. There is a complicated application process for submitting an Offer in Compromise, and you must meet certain income, expense, and asset equity requirements as well.
IRS Tax Litigation
If the IRS is demanding that you pay more than you owe, we can also effectively represent you in tax litigation. Attorney Vladimir St. Louis is admitted to practice in the United States Tax Court.
Without experienced representation for your tax dispute, the IRS will have the upper hand. We can effectively represent your interests and fight to make sure that you do not face liability for more than you legally owe.
Dealing with the Florida DOR
While Florida does not have a personal income tax, the Florida DOR vigorously enforces residents’ and businesses’ sales tax obligations, and C corporations can face state income tax obligations as well. In addition to representing clients in tax audits and disputes involving the IRS, we also represent clients who are having issues with the Florida DOR.
Are You Facing Tax Issues in South Florida? Contact St. Louis Morris, P.A. Today
To get help protecting your rights against the IRS or the Florida DOR, contact us today to arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Call 954-239-2175 or tell us about your issue online and we will be happy to assist you right away.