Tax Court in Beverly Hills, California

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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 Beverly Hills, California.

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 many procedural rules that are meant to funnel tax contentions 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 Beverly Hills, California

Any claim dealing with federal tax law in Beverly Hills, California can end up in tax court. Most commonly, a dispute ends up in tax court when the government claims that someone has not paid all of the taxes that they are legally obligated to pay. If the taxpayer disputes the factual basis of the allegation, or believes the IRS has misinterpreted the law, U.S. Tax Courts have to determine those contentions.

U.S. Tax Court judges are assigned by the President. Their terms of office are legally set at 15 years. Nonetheless, the vast majority of tax court judges are simply assigned again when their terms run out, and there is no limit on the number of 15-year terms they can serve. As a practical matter, thus, Tax Court judges effectively serve life terms.

In the U.S., tax courts have some distinct features. Most interestingly, individuals who are not licensed attorneys in California, or anywhere else, are, in some cases, authorized to represent clients before tax courts. Non-attorneys who practice before tax court are almost always accountants, and any non-lawyer who wants to practice before the U.S. tax court must pass a challenging written exam that tests their understanding of American tax law. Licensed attorneys, however, may practice before the tax court without taking this exam.

Most commonly, a resident of Beverly Hills, California will find themselves in tax court because the relevant tax authority (usually the IRS), suspects that they have not paid all of the taxes that they are required to pay. To initiate a legal action against the taxpayer, the IRS will send them a letter laying out its allegations. Once this is received, the taxpayer has a moderate period of time (about 90 days) to go to the nearest U.S. tax court and respond. If you find yourself in this position, and want to dispute the allegations against you, you MUST file a response in a tax court in a timely manner. If you don't, you can easily lose your right to ever dispute those allegations again.

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Do I Need a Beverly Hills, California Tax Attorney?

As mentioned earlier, federal law lets some non-attorneys practice before U.S. Tax Courts. But tax law can be extremely complex, and the practice of this area of law is highly specialized - so much so that most lawyers who practice tax law do not practice in any other field.

If you have to go to tax court for whatever reason, you should almost certainly speak with a seasoned tax attorney in Beverly Hills, California. Even though some non-lawyers are technically permitted to represent you in tax court, there are distinct advantages to hiring a lawyer, even if a non-attorney can provide you with competent representation. The main advantage is the fact that all attorneys are tightly regulated by their state bar associations, and if they botch your case, you may have more legal recourse against an attorney than you would against a non-attorney.

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Life in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, California is located in Los Angeles County and is one of the most affluent cities in the country.  The city is famous for being a trendsetter for fashion, beautiful homes, and high-end living.  Many celebrities and movie stars live in Beverly Hills.  Along with Bel Air and Holmby Hills, it forms part of the "Platinum Triangle" of wealthy L.A. neighborhoods.
   
The area of Beverly Hills, California is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Platinum Equity and John Paul Mitchell Systems.  In addition to major corporate businesses, the economy of Beverly Hills is supported by an abundance of high-end fashion retailers.  In particular, Rodeo Drive is a world-famous shopping district filled with cutting-edge fashion boutiques and designer label stores.  It is estimated that the operating budget of Beverly Hills, California exceeds $300 million, which is comparable to the Gross National Product for the entire British Virgin Islands.

Beverly Hills is frequently featured in movies and television shows.  A few familiar examples include the hit television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and the Beverly Hills Cop movies.  Other attractions include the Beverly Hills Hotel (referenced in the Eagles' song "Hotel California"), Walden Drive, and Beverly Gardens Park.

Lawyers in Beverly Hills, California perform legal services to meet the unique needs of the city's residents.  Many Beverly Hills lawyers file lawsuits at the West District branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court, located within the city.  Attorneys in Beverly Hills represent clients in both general and specific areas of law.

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