What does a Tax Litigator do?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 26 May 2019
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A tax litigator provides legal advice and representation to clients who are dealing with a range of tax issues. For example, if an individual has been accused of tax evasion, he may turn to a tax litigator for help with defending himself. This type of attorney can help an individual understand the types of penalties he may face as well as his rights when it comes to tax matters. A tax litigator may also help a person develop a good strategy for avoiding penalties and then put that strategy into action in court.

There are many types of lawyers who help their clients in tax-related matters. Many of them, however, specialize in providing clients with advice and tax planning help. Often, these lawyers also help taxpayers understand tax laws and learn how they apply to various situations. When a problem develops, a person may need an attorney with litigation experience. In such a case, he may need to seek the help of a tax litigator to deal with the tax agency, attempt to resolve matter in his favor, negotiate on his behalf, and represent him in court.


A tax litigation attorney is usually well versed in the tax laws of the jurisdiction in which he is licensed to practice law. He is usually an expert on tax law, common tax-related problems, and the consequences of various tax-related actions. In most cases, this type of lawyer also has a good deal of knowledge and experience with dealing with audits on behalf of his clients and speaking with tax agency representatives. Usually, these lawyers are also well-versed in the procedures of the courts that hear tax matters.

Most tax litigators focus on helping clients who are already facing problems with a tax authority. They usually put their negotiation and legal-argument skills to work for these clients. Some, however, are also happy to help their clients avoid problems. In fact, a tax litigator may sometimes help clients with tax planning and the prevention of tax-related disputes.

Often, the main job of a tax litigation attorney is to prove that his client is not guilty of a tax-related accusation. For example, if an individual has been accused of criminal tax evasion, a tax litigator may strive to prove his innocence. If, on the other hand, his client admits to the crime, a tax litigator may strive to help him obtain reduced penalties and fines.



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