Tax Court in Laguna Beach, 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 Laguna Beach, 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 Laguna Beach, California

Any legal issue that concerns federal taxes in Laguna Beach, California, or anywhere else in the U.S., can go to tax court. It's most often the case that the IRS initiates legal action against a taxpayer, alleging that they have failed to pay all of their obligated taxes, or are delinquent in some other way. The taxpayer typically has 90 days to respond, which initiates adversarial tax court proceedings. Failing to respond may result in the taxpayer forfeiting their rights to contest the allegations against them.

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.

Tax courts in the U.S. have a few distinct 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 challenging 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.

Normally, when the IRS sends a taxpayer in Laguna Beach, California a notice of deficiency, indicating that they owe back taxes, the taxpayer has 90 days to file a claim in federal tax court to dispute this notice. If a claim is not filed in a timely manner, the taxpayer could lose his or her right to contest the tax bill at issue.

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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.

If you are going to tax court, it should be noticeable by now that you should seek the advice and assistance of a good Laguna Beach, 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 Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California is a seaside resort city in Orange County, California. It currently has a population of about 22,700. 

After Anaheim, Laguna Beach, California is the second-oldest city in Orange County. It was first settled in the 1870s, shortly after the end of the Civil War. Population growth began to pick up in the 1920s, largely keeping pace with the growth of the Southern California region as a whole.

Since its early history, the mainstay of Laguna Beach's economy is driven largely by tourism, which continues to this day. Laguna Beach, California is also a regional center for the environmentalist movement, and is home to several nature preserves. Several local environmental attorneys made a name for themselves getting these preserves legally-recognized.

There are many other types of attorneys in Laguna Beach, California. If you need legal advice, you would do well to consult with a Laguna Beach, California lawyer as soon as possible.

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