Retaining the right Philadelphia international tax attorney is not easy. One of the important issues that taxpayers face is whether it is better to retain an international tax attorney in Philadelphia or in Minneapolis if you live in Philadelphia? If you were to search “Philadelphia international tax attorney”, Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. (which is based in Minneapolis) is likely to come out on the first page together with other international tax attorneys in Philadelphia. The question is: should the geographical proximity of an attorney play a role in the retainer decision?
The answer depends on many factors. On the one extreme, if you are looking for a sales tax attorney, then you may not have a choice but to find a local attorney. This is because local law and procedure would govern in this case, and an attorney familiar with local sales tax issues would be the best choice for handling a sales tax case. Of course, even in this case, there are exceptions because, sometimes, the unique qualities of an outside attorney are so desirable by the client that the court may accede in temporarily admitting this outside lawyer to practice just for one case.
One the other end of the spectrum, if you are searching for a Philadelphia international tax attorney because you have undeclared offshore accounts, then the knowledge of local law and procedure are likely to be of very little value. Instead, the experience and knowledge of an attorney in his area of practice (i.e. international tax law) will become the overriding factors in retaining an international tax attorney.
What if you have an international tax attorney in Philadelphia, do you still want to consider an attorney in Minneapolis? The answer is “yes” – for two reasons. First, international tax attorneys differ in their natural ability to identify problems and find solutions, creativity, advocacy and many other factors. Therefore, there is no reason to stay away from a better international tax attorney in Minneapolis even if there is an attorney in Philadelphia.
Second, in addition to differences in personal qualities, the experience of the international tax attorney in the international tax sub-area that you need and the ability to analyze the specific subject matter in the broader context are very important factors in retaining the attorney and should override the attorney’s particular geography.
What is a fairly unique feature about Sherayzen Law Office is that we can handle the entire case internally – both, the legal and the accounting sides of it. Most Philadelphia international tax attorneys in this area of law do not do that and rely on the outside accountant to provide such additional services. The outsourcing approach has various disadvantages, including potential leak of information, lack of close coordination between both sides of the case, increased possibility of missed opportunities and absence of the unity of goal among the professionals who are preoccupied with their respective areas only. The approach adopted by Sherayzen Law Office is aimed to reduce and eliminate such problems.
So, the next time you search for a Philadelphia international tax attorney, keep these issues in mind while retaining an attorney from Minneapolis or any other city.
Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Help With International Tax Issues
If you have any international tax issues with respect to undeclared foreign assets, international tax compliance or international tax planning, contact the experienced international tax team of Sherayzen Law Office for comprehensive legal and tax help.