Just received a large tax bill from the IRS for 2011. I disagree with the amount: should I contact the IRS directly and submit

Asked about 2 years ago - Santa Clarita, CA

a statement or should I retain a lawyer from the outset? I'm a paralegal, but I'm not familiar with Tax Law. I had a employment settlement in 2011 that was reported to the IRS. Is it cost effective to retain a lawyer after exhausting the IRS procedures for appeals or from the outset.

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    Answered . Trying to represent yourself in front of the IRS is like representing yourself in court - you'll soon find out you have an idiot for a client. The more money involved - the more you need help. Hire someone - you will not regret it.

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    Answered . I agree you should consult and retain a tax attorney, enrolled agent, or CPA depending on the issues involved. I suspect your entire "employment settlement" is being treated as income. Qualified professional help is what you need. Good luck.

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    Answered . The taxability of employment issues can be tricky. You definitely should have a tax lawyer review this. Also, it is much better to have a tax lawyer negotiate for you than to do it yourself.

    Good luck!

    Ron Cappuccio

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    Answered . You should speak with a tax attorney. It could be that the IRS is correct. Employment settlements are not per se excluded from income. They are only excluded if they are compensation for physical injury.

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