Tax Court in Corona, California

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

Federal tax issues are handled 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 Corona, California.

The U.S. Tax Court is where disputes 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 ensure that as many tax issues as possible are directly decided in tax court, rather than the overworked District Courts.

Tax Court Procedure in Corona, California

Tax court claims in Corona, 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.

In the U.S., tax court judges are appointed by the President of the United States. Unlike judges on most other federal courts, who typically serve for life (or until they retire), tax court judges serve terms of 15 years. But, there is no limit to the number of terms that they are allowed to serve. If a tax court judge has been doing his or her job competently, the President will typically re-appoint them whenever their term expires, effectively giving them life tenure.

Tax courts in the U.S. have a few unique features. Perhaps most notably, people who are not admitted to practice law in California, or in any other jurisdiction, are permitted to represent clients in tax court. However, non-lawyers must take, and pass, a fairly difficult exam to demonstrate that they have an in-depth understanding of U.S. tax law. If someone is already a lawyer, however, they can practice before a tax court without taking this exam.

Most frequently, when the IRS sends a Corona, California resident a "notice of deficiency," which alleges that they owe back taxes, the taxpayer has 90 days to go to tax court, and file a claim in tax court to fight this allegation. If you don't file this claim within the allotted time, you can lose your right to dispute the tax bill in question, in any forum, permanently.

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Although the law lets certain non-lawyers represent parties before tax court, tax law is very intricate and often difficult 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 Corona, California 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 Corona

Corona, CA is a medium-sized city in Riverside County, California. Its population is approximately 125,000 people. 

Corona was founded in the late 1800s, at the height of the citrus boom in Southern California. It was so successful in this industry that it was once nicknamed "the lemon capital of the world." Modernly, Corona, CA is a bedroom community (a primarily-residential community, the residents of which primarily commute to other cities for their jobs) for the larger cities in the Orange County and Inland Empire regions. Because of its affluent and residential nature, many residents of Corona, CA are highly successful professionals, such as doctors, accountants, and Corona, California lawyers.

In 2002, there was a proposal to turn Corona into its own county. It was drafted and reviewed by several Corona, California attorneys. However, the proposal never got off the ground.

The economy of Corona is dominated by education, healthcare, and other services. One of the largest employers is Watson Pharmaceuticals, which is a large manufacturer of generic medications, and is the 5th largest drug company in the country, by prescription numbers. This company employs many educated professionals, such as engineers and research scientists. On the administrative side, it also employs several lawyers.

If you live in Corona, CA and are facing a serious legal issue, there are many attorneys who practice law in and around Corona, California who will be able to advise you on your legal rights, and your chances of succeed

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