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State Tax Laws

State Tax Laws

When you have tax issues, and you start talking to a tax lawyer about owing to the IRS, which is the national federal tax system, sometimes the conversation moves to the State taxes that you may owe. Utah has a State Tax and a State Tax Commission. States have their own tax codes and regulations that can be just as important for individuals and businesses. There is an incredible amount of variation in state tax regulations and tax problems at the state level can take many different forms or subject the taxpayer to requirements and responsibilities that are very different from the federal tax system. Examination of your state’s tax rules, and consultation with an attorney familiar with them, can be critical in avoiding serious legal problems and financial liability. Since we are located in Utah, we typically only help people who have issues with the IRS and/or the Utah State Tax Commission “USTC”.

Tax Lawyer or Accountant

An important threshold issue when you are facing a tax issue is whether you would be better off seeking the assistance of a tax lawyer or an accountant. Both kinds of professional can provide tax advice and plan strategies to address tax-related issues. The tax courts allow attorneys and certain non-attorneys, including qualified accountants, to represent cases in proceedings against them.

An attorney focuses on the study of case law, legal writing, and research, which result in a generally better ability to litigate tax and liability issues. Accountants have specialized training in financial planning, tax regulations, and tax codes that give them a generally better ability to engage in financial planning and organization.

As such, it is helpful to attempt to determine whether your defense will involve argument regarding facts and opinions or whether your issue is better resolved by making changes in your financial structure, activity, and planning. If you have a hard time determining which sort of assistance would be best you can consider locating an accountant-lawyer, someone certified in both fields. These practitioners are increasingly common.

Do You Need Help With The Utah State Tax Commission?

Some states do not collect income taxes, while others have no sales or use tax. The obligations and rights can vary significantly for taxpayers that live just a few miles apart. Some jurisdictions even apply city and local taxes. Location-specific is incredibly important when you have a state tax issue. For your assistance there are a number of resources collected for your reference and to help you begin your research and preparation for your defense.

Resources for taxpayer assistance are provided by the USTC including the contact information for IRS local taxpayer advocates, associations for public accountants, tax professionals, and enrolled agents. Some states provide taxpayers’ associations, tax workshops and other resources, and volunteer income tax assistance resources.

Utah State Tax Commission Lawyer Free Consultation

When you need legal help for a problem or matter with the Utah State Tax Commission, please call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506