Practice Areas


Tax law issues are highly complex. Rogers Townsend’s tax lawyer has experience in a wide variety of tax cases and issues, including the following:

  • Innocent spouse relief
  • Tax-related controversies
  • Tax audits
  • Appeals with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well as the South Carolina Department of Revenue
  • Counsel regarding filing bankruptcy to deal with past due tax debt
  • Planning for federal and state income taxes
  • Tax law pertaining to trusts
  • Payroll tax assessments (the trust fund penalty)
  • Tax collections relief assistance, including establishing installment agreements or Offers in Compromise
  • Dealing with employment tax issues

With experience on the controversial side of tax law, we understand how to advocate for client interests in challenging tax issues.

Tax Relief FAQs

Taxes can make your financial life extremely difficult, particularly if you are not experienced in handling this area. If you are facing tax debt or fear that you may be audited by the IRS, it is important to seek the counsel of a skilled Columbia tax lawyer.

If you have questions regarding tax relief, our frequently asked questions below can give you a better understanding of what to expect. For personal counsel, contact our firm and schedule a consultation.

What reasons would the IRS have for auditing me?
The IRS uses audits as a way of scrutinizing tax returns. You may be selected randomly or the IRS may have noticed questionable activity on your tax return. Questionable activity can include, among other things, errors on your tax return, failure to include additional income, claiming excessive business expense deductions, and rounding up on your expense calculations.

If I have unfiled tax returns, what could I be charged with?
Unfiled tax returns or owing the IRS a great deal of money can incur tax penalties, which will be added to your total tax bill, tax liens, which force you to pay the government’s money back before other debts, and tax levies, which give the government the right to take your property as a means of paying back tax debt.

How can an attorney help my tax debt?
A tax attorney can evaluate your circumstances and help you determine which solution is best for you. An IRS payment plan lets you pay back your debt over time, usually on a monthly basis. You may also qualify for an offer in compromise settlement based on financial hardship. The IRS may also agree to reduce or eliminate tax penalties if they believe you had a valid reason for the error in the first place.

What happens if I don’t agree with the decision made by the IRS about my taxes?
If the IRS denies your request for an administrative action, you may be able to appeal their decision. A tax attorney can help you craft a strong appeal argument to convince the IRS to reverse its original decision.

What methods does the IRS have for collecting my debt?
Based on the seriousness of your debt, the IRS may use collection tactics to get back what you owe. These tactics can include the filing of a tax lien, a wage garnishment, or the taking of your property, including any federal or state tax refunds which you are owed.