Tax Controversy and Collection

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.

- Jean-Baptiste Colbert, circa 1670

There are few events in life that can produce as much stress to a taxpayer as an inquiry from the IRS or state tax authorities. Fortunately, the attorneys at Gomel, Davis & Watson, LLP offer assistance to clients in those situations. Our attorneys have garnered national recognition as top practitioners in this field. We take the lead in dealing with the authorities on behalf of our clients, letting them focus on their work and other important matters.


Federal and State Tax Audits

We are often called on to represent clients who are undergoing a tax audit. With diligent research and analysis of the issues, as well as persuasive and persistent negotiations with tax authorities, many issues can be resolved without resorting to litigation.

Tax Collection

Some may find themselves behind in their tax obligations, either to file necessary returns or to pay taxes that are past due. Our attorneys have significant experience in dealing with the collection divisions of the IRS, the Georgia Department of Revenue, and other tax agencies. In such cases, we may seek to:

  • Delay or avoid levies on bank accounts and garnishments on wages
  • Avoid the imposition of tax liens
  • Avoid seizures
  • Abate penalties for late filing or payment
  • Provide insolvency planning
  • Pursue innocent spouse relief
  • Negotiate at appeals
  • Structure protections for assets
  • Negotiate and implement installment payment agreements
  • Make an Offer in Compromise where there is doubt as to collectability

We recognize that numerous companies advertise that they can obtain settlements on tax debts for “pennies on the dollar.” These companies are usually not law firms or accounting firms, and their advertisements could sometimes be viewed as misleading. In reality, each client’s case is different, and we approach each case accordingly. Our attorneys provide objective advice to our clients as to what can realistically be achieved and work diligently toward that goal. We know that many clients in these circumstances have limited resources, so we do not pursue strategies that are not cost-effective. We believe there is no substitute for seasoned, licensed tax professionals who specialize in this area.

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