Some people automatically think they need an accountant to represent them at the IRS. This is the first mistake you want to avoid making. Here’s why. Unlike lawyers, accountants do not have the benefit of attorney client confidentiality privileges. The benefit of the attorney client privilege means that all communication between you and your attorney is absolutely confidential. This gives you the freedom to disclose all information – even information that you may not consider relevant could be invaluable. When your attorney has all the information and you are not afraid to reveal all, the attorney can be far more effective. And your tax attorney will never be forced to testify against you, which is not the case when you hire an accountant. So hire the most experienced tax resolution attorney you can find. And make it a local attorney, someone you can sit down with face-to-face. Power of Attorney Another crucial benefit of hiring an expert tax resolution attorney is that they can provide power of attorney representation. Just to be clear, you can assign power of attorney over to an accountant, but remember, they do not have client confidentiality privileges. Once you sign a power of attorney document, your attorney then has the ability to act on your behalf, communicate directly with the IRS, receiving all phone calls and communications. They can appear in tax court on your behalf too. So you get to go on with your life. When faced with an IRS tax lien, remember, we all need someone to lean on. So make sure you hire the most experienced, reputable tax resolution attorney you can find.