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Tax law is unquestionably one of the most complex areas of law. The stakes in tax law are also very high. The tax laws cut across different governments and different types of industry or commerce:

  • Federal tax usually addresses federal income and capital gains tax, as well as excise and severance taxes, among many other areas of taxation.
  • State taxes typically involve an income or franchise tax, as well as sales tax and other special purpose taxes.
  • Local taxes are often related to real property ownership (ad valorem taxes), sales taxes and other special purpose taxes.

All these tax law areas have special enforcement provisions that give the taxes special priority under the law. They are not to be ignored! For example, most taxing authorities have the right to make unilateral assessments, and with notice, place a lien upon and seize personal or business property, including real estate and financial accounts.

Working with a tax attorney with special expertise in the relevant tax area can be invaluable. Very often the taxes can be negotiated if experienced counsel is involved. Surely, however, tax law is not an area to work without the assistance of an experienced attorney.

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