Our firm is committed to helping clients comply with their taxpaying and tax filing obligations. Preparing any type of tax return can be a daunting process. The tax laws are so complex that even filing a relatively simple return may be very confusing. In some cases, a taxpayer will fail to file a return timely, may make mistakes, and/or even be selected for an audit. In all these cases, there is no substitute for experienced tax attorneys who have the expertise to both assist compliance with the tax laws as well as serve as a zealous advocate for the taxpayer.
Tax Return Preparation
CHWM prepares several hundred tax returns each year for individuals, corporations, partnerships, private foundations, public charities, trusts and estates. Our firm uses the latest tax return preparation and tax planning software that the large accounting firms also use. The returns are prepared to ensure that the most advantageous tax positions are taken to achieve the greatest after-tax benefits. Some of the most common types of federal and state individual, business, and fiduciary tax returns that we prepare include the following:
- Trust Income Tax Returns
- Individual Income Tax Returns
- Estate Income Tax Returns
- Partnership Tax Returns
- Gift Tax Returns
- Corporate Tax Returns
- Estate Tax Returns
- Exempt Organization Tax Returns
Representation before Tax Authorities
CHWM provides representation for clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, the U.S. Tax Court, and other state and federal tax authorities. The firm represents clients during audits and before the Appeals branches of both the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. We also prepare requests for private letter rulings, tax penalty abatements, determination letters, requests for tax-exempt status for qualified organizations, and responses to notices from both federal and state tax authorities.
However, we also strive to minimize the “total after-tax costs” of resolving a tax dispute. In some cases, it may be advantageous to settle and pay the amount in dispute rather than fight it. We like to weigh the cost of litigation against the probability of success. We will inform you if our representation would not be cost-effective. Overall, both the tax and non-tax considerations must be examined before and during any representation.