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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Gifts for that Special Tax Person

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Taxes for individuals are more complicated than ever. American lifestyles include changing jobs, being more mobile and selling homes more often. Companies are more complex with mergers, multinational systems, and takeovers. And to fill the need, came individuals with an assortment of training and backgrounds to help individuals and corporations with taxes.

Tax preparers who can range from having no training to extensive training, accountants and CPAs, and tax attorneys all help individuals and corporations with taxes, both national and state. Those who help with taxes range from the individual sitting at a folding table in Wal-Mart or Sears to tax attorneys who can earn up to more than a million dollars per year practicing tax law. The tax attorneys are at the top of the professionals doing tax work.

You get the impression from skits on TV that those who deal with taxes whether from the IRS side or representing individuals and business are heavy handed brutes, but in fact this occupation requires a keen and subtle mind. While tax attorneys make up only a small percentage of practicing attorneys, this specialized field is highly respected. It takes an astute person to understand the complicated and ever changing tax codes. It is a personally and professionally challenging field.

Tax attorneys whether they do actual litigation or in-court representation, work for large corporations as in house counsel, represent clients in a private practice, or work for the government all do basically the same things:

  • Clarify tax laws for the interests of the client.
  • Represent the government or the client in dealing with tax issues.
  • Make recommendations and develop strategies optimizing tax savings.

This report will introduce you to this personally and financially rewarding field. You will be able to see if this intellectually challenging vocation is the place for you.

Now would be a good time to find out if you have the aptitude, intellect, and personality traits to become a tax attorney. Many are lured by the movie and TV images of lawyers and go into the field only to find they are not suited to the career. Before you invest a minimum of seven years in college getting a bachelor's degree and a law degree, you should participate in some exploring and self-discovery.

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