There is an old saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin that there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. For business owners, tax issues can be incredibly complex, ranging from personal and business income taxes, to payroll taxes for employees, to sales taxes, to business entity and employment classification.
A skilled business tax lawyer can help you with all aspects of business tax planning, including handling any tax controversies that may arise with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Virginia Department of Taxation. We understand that companies require more sophisticated legal advice when it comes to taxes. Our law firm handles local, state and federal-level tax issues on behalf of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and sole proprietorships of all sizes.
At Poole Brooke Plumlee PC we represent business clients throughout Virginia to help them with a range of tax matters. We offer thoughtful, tailored, strategic advice that can help your company meet its tax obligations – and minimize its tax burdens. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with a Virginia Beach business tax lawyer.
Business Tax Services We Offer
Our Virginia tax attorneys at Poole Brooke Plumlee PC offer a wide range of services to business owners and other corporate clients with respect to their federal government or Virginia state tax obligations. We also make sure you understand the tax consequences of business transactions so that you can make tax-smart financial decisions that support your business objectives.
If your business is facing an investigation, an audit, or unpaid local, federal or state taxes, contact us. By applying their substantial legal expertise to this issue, our attorneys aim to minimize the impact it has on your life, career, and business reputation.
Payroll Taxes or Withholding Taxes
We can assist you in resolving your IRS payroll tax liabilities and your state withholding liabilities. Owing payroll and withholding taxes can have major implications for your business and for you personally. The IRS can hold you personally liable for the employer’s portion of the payroll taxes and the state can hold you personally liable for state withholding taxes. In addition, owing payroll taxes can lead to injunctions and criminal penalties. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to see if we can assist you with your payroll tax or withholding tax issues.
Corporate Income Taxes
We can assist you in resolving your federal and state corporate income tax debts. The state can hold you personally liable for corporate tax debt. Failure to deal with these liabilities can lead to bank levies and asset seizures. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to see if we can assist you with your federal and state corporate income tax debts.
We can assist you in resolving your state sales tax debt. Failure to properly address your state sales taxes can result in a personal obligation. In addition, the state can padlock your business and keep you from opening the doors. If you have state sales tax debt or are facing a padlock hearing, please contact our office to schedule a consultation to see if we can assist you.
The IRS can assess civil penalty liabilities against your business. These penalties typically result from a failure to file your W-2s and/or W-3, or having a significant mismatch between your payroll reports and your W-2s. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to see if we can assist you in removing these civil penalties.
Other business tax representation and compliance issues we handle include:
- Federal and state corporate income tax debt
- State and local income, sales, and use taxes
- Franchise taxes
- Real property tax appeals
We represent all types of corporate entities, including partnerships, joint ventures, LLCs, professional corporations, sole proprietorships, S corporations, and C corporations. Our business tax attorneys offer strategic advice on related issues, such as the effect of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures on your company’s taxes, tax issues related to litigation settlements, and tax matters related to bankruptcy.
If your business is already working with a certified public accountant, we can still work with you on tax strategies, debt relief options, and related matters. Federal and state tax codes are incredibly complex, and require the skilled guidance of an experienced Virginia business tax attorney.
Tax Audits, Appeals, and Tax Court Petitions
In addition to comprehensive tax guidance, our legal team can provide you with appropriate advice and effective representation if your business is facing a tax audit. A tax audit is an intrusive legal process that can have a negative impact on your financial and emotional well-being as well as jeopardize your personal and business assets.
Most IRS audits are paper-based requests for additional information about your tax returns, while others are conducted in person at your business or the closest IRS field office. We can meet with the agent(s) on your behalf and, if necessary, help you reconstruct your income tax records to the greatest extent possible and support any disputed deductions.
Our tax attorneys have extensive experience in assisting clients with tax controversies that require court resolution, such as appeals and petitions to the U.S. Tax Court. We represent both individuals and businesses in all types of tax court matters related to state and federal taxes, including tax court petitions, tax appeals, and collection appeals.
As a business owner, it is incredibly important to remember just how complex the tax codes are. When legal issues arise related to your tax obligations, a proactive approach is vital to a favorable resolution. The experienced tax attorneys of Poole Brooke Plumlee PC can work with you to help you understand your rights and options when it comes to tax liabilities and controversies.
Talk to a Virginia Business Tax Lawyer About Your Business Taxation Issues
For companies, tax issues have the potential to seriously impact your business goals. If a business tax matter arises, it is important to address it promptly to avoid a negative effect on your bottom line. At the same time, putting together a plan to minimize taxes while ensuring that you meet your obligations can help your business thrive.
Based in Virginia Beach, the business tax attorneys of Poole Brooke Plumlee represent businesses throughout the Commonwealth that are dealing with the IRS and/or the Virginia Department of Taxation. Our seasoned team includes attorney Todd D. Rothlisberger and IRS Enrolled Agent Amber Boyd, both of whom have a deep understanding of how tax authorities operate and will work hard to protect your interests. To learn more or to talk to an experienced business tax attorney about your taxes, give our law offices a call at 757-499-1841 or fill out our online contact form.
Why Work with a Business Tax Attorney Instead of an Accountant?
The tax laws in the United States are constantly changing and exceedingly complex. For relatively straightforward tax issues, such as filing tax returns, working with a CPA or another tax specialist may be the best option. However, if you are dealing with a legal issue related to business taxes or want strategic tax and business law advice, then your best option is a business tax lawyer.
At Poole Brooke Plumlee our attorneys have diverse experience in both business and tax law. We utilize our knowledge to provide high-level advice to our clients, helping you make informed business decisions. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with a Virginia business tax attorney.
My Business Is Behind on Payroll Taxes. What Can I Do?
In a difficult economy, many companies find it hard to meet all of their financial obligations. However, payroll taxes must be calculated properly, withheld from employee’s paychecks, and submitted to the IRS in a timely manner. Failure to do so can result in the federal government shutting down your business and liquidating assets to pay the debt, as well as personal civil and criminal penalties for the business owner and officers.
If you find yourself struggling to pay your taxes, the best course of action is to speak to a business tax attorney as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away – and may even make things worse. Contact Poole Brooke Plumlee today to talk to a Virginia business tax lawyer about your tax matter.
I’m Planning to Start a Business. How Can a Business Tax Attorney Help Me?
When starting a new enterprise, one of the most important initial questions is what corporate form your entity will take. There are both legal and tax consequences associated with each corporate form. A tax lawyer with experience in business law can help you choose the correct corporate form, and to develop corporate strategies to ensure that your business stays on top of its taxes.
At Poole Brooke Plumlee, our legal team has in-depth knowledge of both business and tax law, giving us the ability to provide comprehensive tax advice to businesses of all sizes. Call or email our law offices today to schedule an appointment with a Virginia business tax attorney.