Tax trouble? 3 ways a tax lawyer could lessen your stress

February 5, 2014

Receiving an audit notice from the government can be worrisome. If you have tax trouble, here are three ways a tax lawyer can help lessen your stress.

When tax auditors detect an abnormality in one of your tax returns, they’re likely to go through all your files with a fine tooth comb. That is why it’s always preferable for taxpayers to show transparency, cooperation, and openness when filing income tax reports. If you don’t, a little oversight or minor deceit could end up costing you dearly.

Tax trouble? 3 ways a tax lawyer could lessen your stress

The role of the tax lawyer

Tax lawyers specialize in tax litigation. Their expertise covers tax laws, taxation, and pleading in a court of law. They often work with financial controllers, accountants, lawyers, and other specialized financial professionals.

A tax lawyer has three main missions:

1. To inform

A tax lawyer must inform you of all procedural steps so that you can stay on top of what’s happening with your file. He or she will help you understand the requests and documents that you receive from the government, as well as the best strategies to adopt.

2. To help

A tax lawyer also has a coaching role. His or her assistance will help you keep calm when legal proceedings get stressful. The taxpayer needs to be able to rely on the lawyer’s skills and place full confidence in him or her.

3. To represent and defend

A tax lawyer can attend hearings before administrative authorities and tax courts, either alone or with you. In all cases, he or she helps you prepare and put in order your arguments so they are as effective as possible.
A tax lawyer can be appointed to challenge a decision, oppose an assessment, demand a tax audit, negotiate repayment agreements, or manage criminal proceedings in cases of tax fraud and undeclared work.

That’s good to know!

The Canada Revenue Agency recommends that individuals and small business owners keep all supporting documents related to their income tax records in a safe place, for a period of at least six years.

Because tax rules are often very complex and are frequently updated, it is easy to lose your way when filing your return. To avoid serious errors, it is better to call on the expertise of a tax lawyer.

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