Few circumstances in life have the power to fill one with dread and the “fear of God” more than owing the IRS taxes. Having a tax lien issued against you can wreak havoc on your health and on your life. Many people think they can deal with the IRS directly. However, before long the stress of providing endless paperwork and attempting to negotiate the confusing maze of legal codes and laws most cave under the duress, give up and lose everything. It does not have to be that way. Following this powerful 3-point strategy for dealing with IRS tax problems could make all the difference in the world. It might even save your life. 1. Mum’s the word when the IRS issues a tax lien against you. First and foremost avoid speaking directly to anyone from the IRS. While the IRS agent may act like they are your friend and say they are willing to help you in any way to solve your problem, their only priority is to exact every penny they say you owe them from you. The IRS has no qualms about taking your home, automobile, your savings and garnishing your wages. When it comes to owing the IRS, they always consider that what’s yours is THE-IRS. While your silence is golden, you definitely must take action. Just be sure it is the correct action. 2. Hire a reputable tax resolution attorney. Your best resource is an attorney who is a well-established authority on tax resolution issues and does this kind of work day-in and day-out, an attorney with a tried-and true history of success. And be very clear about this: Do not hire an accountant, certainly not the one who prepared your taxes. Accountants do not have confidentiality privileges like attorneys do and they can be forced to testify against their clients. Stay away from big name law firms as well. You’ll pay big bucks for the big name while your case is more likely to be one on which a junior legal team member cuts their teeth. 3. Go local: Hire a local tax resolution attorney Last but certainly not least, hire a local attorney, someone you can sit down with face-to-face. After all you are up against the massive and impersonal government agency known as the IRS. You want someone with a face, an excellent reputation, a heart and soul that will take you from distressed to de-stressed as quickly as possible. In fact, any attorney who does not offer to sit down with you can and should be considered as impersonal and uncaring as the massive, heartless IRS. You want to be treated as a human being by another human being who understands that these situations happen to good, people who work hard and sometimes and somehow just miss the mark. Tax Attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, has been practicing law since 1984 and began representing individuals and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service in 2006. With offices located in Ste. Genevieve and Columbia, Missouri, Drury has positioned himself as a leading attorney in the state for IRS tax resolution issues. He is able to evaluate the unique situation of clients and provide them with honest answers and a specific plan to best resolve their tax problems.