As of 2000, there were almost 3 million people in California's Orange County, home of Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and a number of Fortune 500 companies. Orange County was then the second most populated county in California, meaning that it is very likely that the vast majority of the 250 taxpayers who were delinquent to the State of California for more than $100,000 probably came from Orange County.
Whether or not that amount is actually owed is something only those tax payers can tell you, but all of them should look into getting tax lawyers.
"Some tax resolution firms offer a team of expert tax professionals to help you get the best possible outcome for your tax settlement," says ArticleAlley.com contributor monty111. "So before you rack up those high hourly charges, you need to make sure you are talking to the right tax professional who can do the job for you. You will be hiring this tax attorney, so treat your initial consultation as what it should be, a job interview."
The first thing to ascertain is whether your potential tax lawyer has any schooling in the field. Tax law is a sub-discipline in law school, as well as an area of specialized study. Tax law specialists are often working in consultative positions, and some may also be involved in litigation. Numerous U.S. law schools require around 30 semester credit hours of required courses and approximately 60 hours or more of electives. This high number of electives allows law students to take a number of tax courses, such as federal taxation, estate and gift tax, and estates and successions before completing the Juris Doctor and taking the bar exam in the state where they'd like to practice.
There are many fine Masters in Laws Graduate programs being offered in the United States; various programs offer the opportunity to focus on domestic and international taxation. Most LLM programs require that the candidate be a graduate a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, although in other countries a graduate law degree is enough to get the student into a taxation law program. Be sure you know where your lawyer went to school and what kind of a degree and license they have.