Tax Court in Goodyear, Arizona

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Tax Court is a legal forum designed particularly to resolve claims and disputes that arise under federal and (sometimes) state tax law.

At the national level, we have the United States Tax Court, that has locations all over the country. This means that there is a U.S. tax court in or near Goodyear, Arizona.

Tax courts in America handle the vast majority of legal issues that concern federal tax commitments of a person or other legal entity, such as a corporation. There are various procedural rules that are meant to funnel tax concerns into tax courts, without strictly requiring them to be heard there. For instance, only tax courts can hear tax cases where the tax in question has not yet been paid. The courts of general jurisdiction - known as the U.S. District Court - can also hear tax cases, but they can only hear tax cases if the disputed tax bill has already been paid.

Tax Court Procedure in Goodyear, Arizona

Claims dealing with tax law can come from any conflict that has to do with one's duty to pay taxes in Goodyear, Arizona. This typically happens when the state or federal tax authorities allege that someone has failed to pay their taxes, and therefore owes the government money. If the taxpayer disagrees, a tax court has to resolve the issue.

Tax courts in the United States are presided over by judges who are assigned by the President. Unlike most other federal judges, who serve for life, judges on the U.S. Tax Court serve 15 year terms. Nonetheless, they can serve an endless number of these terms, and if they do their jobs competently, they are almost always re-appointed when their terms are up, meaning that the vast majority of them effectively serve for life.

Federal tax court is somewhat distinct in that individuals who are not licensed attorneys in Arizona (or anywhere else) may represent taxpayers before the tax court, as long as they can pass an exam indicating that they have a good familiarity of tax law. Licensed lawyers do not need to take this exam to practice before tax court.

Typically, a Goodyear, Arizona resident will end up in tax court because the IRS has determined that they have not paid all of the taxes that they owe, and has sent them a notice indicating as much. When this happens, the taxpayer has 90 days to file a claim in Tax Court contesting the IRS's allegations. If you believe that the allegations against you are untrue, and wish to fight them, it's essential that you file a claim in tax court within the allotted time period. Otherwise, you could lose your right to challenge that tax bill permanently.

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Although the law lets certain non-lawyers represent parties before tax court, tax law is very intricate and often challenging to understand - to the point that almost all attorneys who practice tax law practice it exclusively, simply because maintaining competence leaves little time to learn any other area.

So, if you plan on going to tax court, it should go without saying that you should hire a Goodyear, Arizona tax attorney. While a non-lawyer admitted to practice before tax court may well give you skilled representation, you will have much stronger recourse against a licensed attorney if they negligently botch your case.

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Life in Goodyear

In 1917, Goodyear Tire and Rubbery Company bought 16,000 acres of land to cultivate cotton for tire threads.  This land came to be known as Goodyear.  Goodyear is home to approximately 65,275 people and is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. 

Besides the famous tire company, Goodyear is also known because the Cleveland Indians baseball team moved their spring training facility to Goodyear from Florida.  Goodyear then funded a spring training complex, worth $33 million, for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.  The ballpark seats about 10,000 people and is one of the popular attractions to see.

Goodyear is home to many small to mid-size law firms with many capable attorneys able to handle any and all legal inquiries.  Therefore, Goodyear residents can stay assured that their legal needs will be well-handled by the legal force in Goodyear, Arizona. 

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