Tax Court in Santa Barbara, California

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Tax Court Lawyers in Santa Barbara

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 Santa Barbara, California.

U.S. Tax Courts deal with almost every legal issue that has to do with the federal tax obligations of an individual or corporation. The U.S. District Courts are the courts of "general jurisdiction" in the U.S., meaning that they can hear almost any type of civil or criminal case under their jurisdiction. This includes tax cases, but the law only permits them to hear such cases if the tax in question has already been paid. Tax courts can hear cases before the tax has been paid.

Tax Court Procedure in Santa Barbara, California

Tax law claims can arise out of any conflict having to do with one's legal obligation to pay their taxes in Santa Barbara, California. Most often, they occur when the IRS alleges that a taxpayer has not paid all of the taxes that they owe, and the taxpayer disagrees. The court has to resolve this dispute.

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.

U.S. Tax Courts have one feature that's almost completely unique in the U.S.: people who are not licensed attorneys in California, or anywhere else, are permitted to represent clients in Tax Court. This doesn't mean, however, that anyone can walk in off the street and start practicing tax law. Before they can practice before a tax court, non-attorneys have to take and pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of U.S. tax law. People who are already licensed to practice law, on the other hand, can practice before a tax court without taking this test.

Most frequently, a resident of Santa Barbara, 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.

Do I Need a Santa Barbara, California Tax Attorney?

Federal law permits some non-lawyers to represent parties in tax court. However, tax law is a fairly intricate and specialized legal field. Most lawyers who practice tax law do not practice any other area of law, giving you an idea of how specialized it is.

So, if you need to go to tax court, for whatever reason, you should pursue the counsel of a good tax attorney in Santa Barbara, California. While a non-lawyer who's licensed to practice before the tax courts may well give you perfectly competent representation, there are still advantages to hiring a lawyer. The main advantage is that lawyers are far more regulated in their profession than most non-lawyers. So, if a tax attorney severely damages your case due to negligence or incompetence, you will have substantial legal recourse against them.

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Life in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California is a city in Santa Barbara County, where it also serves as the county seat. It currently has a population of about 88,000 people.

Santa Barbara, California is known for being host to one of the very few military engagements of World War II to occur on the continental United States. In 1942, a Japanese submarine surfaced off the coast of Santa Barbara, and fired several shots at the Ellwood oil refinery. There were no injuries. Although there was no evidence that collaboration or espionage by any U.S. residents played a role in the attack, the incident was used by the government to justify the internment of Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast, a decisions which is now remembered as one of the low points in America's history.

After World War II, many of the servicemen who served in the war, and disembarked from Santa Barbara, California moved into the city permanently. This caused a population boom. Many of these servicemen went on to college, and became successful professionals in Santa Barbara, California, some of them lawyers.

If you live in Santa Barbara, California and are in need of an attorney, it's very likely that there's a Santa Barbara, California attorney who can provide assistance.

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