Tax Law in Massachusetts
You may be wondering whether you should consult with a Massachusetts tax attorney. Can you handle your tax issue yourself – or not? Let’s think this through.
The tax laws and regulations are thousands (and thousands) of pages long, tax controversies have their own court, and the punishments for tax “mistakes” are jail, penalties, and interest. It’s really up to you, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if legal help is appropriate.
This article will let you know:
- When a MA tax lawyer can help you
- The types of taxes a MA tax attorney deals with
- How to find free non-legal tax help
- How to find legal tax help
A Massachusetts Tax Lawyer Can Help with these Tax Problems
Tax attorneys handle cases like these exampled below and many more.
- Liza is being charged with withholding Medicare and social security taxes from her employees’ paychecks but never submitting the funds to the IRS.
- Henry and Alex have decided to do an internal tax audit of their business to ensure they’re paying the right amount of taxes.
- The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent Eb a letter citing a $6,700 payment due in 4 weeks. Eb doesn’t understand why and is worried.
- The IRS is investigating Geoff because they think his offshore asset protection trust was set up to avoid paying U.S. income taxes.
- Tom wants to appeal his tax court ruling.
- Marcus, a U.S. citizen, has been living in Norway for the last 3 years and hasn’t filed U.S. income taxes for that time period.
A Massachusetts Tax Attorney Handles These Kind of Taxes
The following taxes come in a myriad of forms. Here is a list of the general categories:
- Income Taxes
- Estate Taxes
- Corporate Taxes
- Payroll/Self-Employment Taxes
- Sales and Use Taxes
- Realty Taxes
Where do I Find Massachusetts and Federal Tax Laws?
- Federal Tax Code, Regulations, and Guidance
- Massachusetts General Laws
- Massachusetts specific taxes:
- Massachusetts earned income tax is 5.3%
- Massachusettsgeneral sales tax is 6.25% for most purchases.
- Massachusetts has an estate tax
- Local Municipal Laws and Regulations
How Do I Find Non-Legal Tax Help?
The Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts version of the same have helpful websites. Try the IRS the Massachusetts Department of Revenue sites for non-legal tax help.
How Do I Find Legal Tax Help?
Yes, you should consult with a lawyer. You have nothing to lose. To find a Massachusetts tax attorney, search our site, www.attorneys.org, or ask the bar association or a friend for a referral.