Ben Pruett is a tax lawyer and a CPA who focuses on civil and criminal tax controversies. He represents individuals and businesses in all types of federal and state civil and criminal tax controversy matters. With his extensive knowledge of the tax code and a strategic approach, Ben works diligently to provide best-in-class service and he helps clients reach a successful resolution to their tax problems.
Prior to focusing on tax controversy, Ben spent years broadening his tax experience so he could be well prepared to effectively handle any tax problem. He served every size of client including individuals, small and medium sized businesses and large publicly traded global corporations. Ben worked at small accounting and law firms, and international firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. While in law school he interned with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.
Why a dually licensed tax professional can provide you with the best representation
What is a tax lawyer? A tax lawyer uses the tax law to plan to mitigate potential tax liability in future events or represent taxpayers before the IRS or state and local jurisdictions in tax controversy matters. While CPAs are authorized to represent clients before the IRS, they typically do not have the training or experience that a tax attorney would have when it comes to representing a client. If you are facing an audit with the potential for harsh penalties, a tax attorney would be the better choice due to their negotiation skills and intimate knowledge of legal principles and case law. Tax lawyers also offer one major benefit that a CPA does not — confidentiality. Any information you provide your tax attorney is protected by client-attorney privilege, meaning they cannot be forced to testify against you. This offers a distinct advantage if you are dealing with possible criminal charges from the IRS and you wish to prevent conversations with your tax expert from inadvertently being used against you.
What is a CPA?
CPAs generally focus their practice on year-round financial recordkeeping and tax preparation; however, their diverse skillset and stringent education requirements sets them apart from other accounting professionals. While a CPA is a great resource for preparing convoluted IRS forms come tax season, they can also serve as a principal advisor for many different financial decisions, including estate planning, investment and real estate advice, certain IRS problems and more. One of the most beneficial services a CPA can offer is the ability to review or audit a business’ financial records to identify problem areas that need improvement. This can help you make better-informed business decisions, and helps ensure you are in compliance with the tax laws.
The benefits of hiring a dually-licensed tax professional
A tax attorney is usually retained for more specific and complex tax issues whereas the CPA is generally utilized on a more regular basis to keep your financial records in order and prepare your taxes, the advantages of hiring a two-in-one professional are hard to overstate. Not only do dually-licensed Attorney-CPAs have the financial background to understand the intricate financial details of your tax situation, but they are also able to utilize their comprehension of the different sources of tax law (statutes, regulations, and court cases) and their litigation training to develop an effectively represent you before the IRS
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