Tax Court in Buena Park, 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.

Federal tax issues are overseen by the United States Tax Court, which has branches all over the U.S. So, the U.S. Tax Court almost certainly has a courthouse in or around Buena Park, California.

The U.S. Tax Court is where disagreements arising under federal tax law are resolved, if the tax debt in question has not already been paid. The U.S. District Court, which is the federal court of general jurisdiction, can only hear tax cases after the tax has been paid. This rule is meant to guarantee that as many tax issues as possible are directly decided in tax court, rather than the overworked District Courts.

Tax Court Procedure in Buena Park, California

Tax court claims in Buena Park, California can arise from any tax conflict, such as when a taxpayer believes that the conclusions of a tax audit were in error, or that they do not owe as much money as the IRS claims that they do.

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, permitted 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 frequently, a resident of Buena Park, 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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As mentioned earlier, federal law lets some non-attorneys practice before U.S. Tax Courts. But tax law can be extremely intricate, 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 are going to tax court, it should be discernible by now that you should seek the advice and assistance of a good Buena Park, California tax lawyer. This is not a knock against the non-lawyers who are licensed to practice before tax court; the vast majority of them are perfectly competent. However, if a licensed attorney seriously mishandles your case, you will have a great deal of legal recourse against them, more so than with a non-attorney.

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Life in Buena Park

Buena Park, California has a population of over 80,000 and is located in the northwestern parts of Orange County.  The city is nicknamed "the Center of the Southland", due to its central location in the county.  Many tourist attractions can be found in Buena Park, most notably the Knot's Berry Farm amusement park.

In Buena Park, many of its famous attractions can be found in the "E-Zone" district.  Knott's Berry Farm, Knott's Soak City, and several other popular establishments are situated in the district.  The E-Zone is also adjacent to Anaheim, home of Disneyland.  Thus, the economy of Buena Park has benefited greatly from the operation of the E-Zone district.  Other top employers in Buena Park, California include major companies such as ProLogis and Nutrilite.

Other popular places to visit in Buena Park are its local historic park, the Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, and Los Coyotes Country Club.  Los Coyotes Country Club is a world-renowned establishment featuring three unique 9-hole course layouts.  Los Coyotes also boasts many of the county's most desirable real estate properties.

Lawyers in Buena Park, California file many of their claims at the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, which is located nearby.  Buena Park attorneys assist their clients in a number of different legal claims and issues.  Many of them are members of multiple bar associations and legal organizations.

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