Lead Counsel independently verifies Income Tax attorneys in Costa Mesa by conferring with California bar associations and conducting annual reviews to confirm that an attorney practices in their advertised practice areas and possesses a valid bar license for the appropriate jurisdictions.
The U.S. Constitution’s Sixteenth Amendment ratified in 1913 gave Congress the power to tax an individual’s earnings. The U.S. Tax Code today is extensive, amazingly complex, and difficult to comprehend. It also is easy to make mistakes when filing annual income tax forms and that can lead to legal trouble.
If the Internal Revenue Service is auditing your income tax and has found some areas deficient you can be penalized, charged interest, and even investigated for income tax fraud. It is in your best interest to contact a Costa Mesa lawyer experienced in federal income tax law and representing tax payer cases.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.