Retaining an international tax attorney is a very important decision. One of the frequent issues that my clients in Florida face is whether it is better to retain an international tax attorney in Orlando or in Minneapolis if you live in Orlando, Florida? If you were to search “Orlando 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 Orlando. The question is: should the geographical proximity of an international tax attorney play a role in the retainer decision?
The answer is “NO”! Obviously, in a case that involves a local matter, such as Florida sales tax issues, 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.
However, if you are searching for an Orlando 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 offshore voluntary disclosures will become the most important factors in retaining an international tax attorney.
What if you have an international tax lawyer in Orlando, 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 a lawyer in Orlando. Sherayzen Law Office provides professional legal expertise in international tax law that may be more helpful to you than a local attorney in Orlando.
Second, in addition to differences in personal qualities, the experience of the international tax attorney in the area of offshore voluntary disclosures and the ability to analyze the specific subject matter of the undisclosed accounts in the broader context of the voluntary disclosure (including potential strategies that may become available due to client’s specific facts) are very important factors in retaining the attorney and should override the attorney’s particular geography.
One of the most unique features about Sherayzen Law Office is that we can handle the entire case internally – both, the legal and the accounting sides of it. Most Orlando 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 unique business model adopted by Sherayzen Law Office is aimed to reduce and eliminate such problems.
So, the next time you search for a Orlando 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 financial accounts or international tax compliance in general, please contact Sherayzen Law Office for comprehensive legal and tax help.