Giving too much information to the IRS can often cause more harm than good. We often speak with Taxpayers who just want to speak with the IRS one last time before retaining us to see whether they can work out a deal. After they cannot get a favorable or manageable negotiation they then come to us for help. Every IRS employee is trained to elicit as much information from you as possible. This works to your disadvantage.
One of the benefits of retaining a Tax Attorney is such that we handle all IRS communications; and all of our discussions are covered under attorney-client privilege. If you were to hire a CPA or EA to represent you, there is no privilege. This means that any information they know about or that you share with them is open to IRS discovery.
If you find yourself in a precarious position which may lead a potential criminal tax matter, there is a substantial benefit to hiring a Tax Attorney. In fact, we are often retained by clients whose tax liabilities have emerged into criminal proceedings. From there, a CPA or EA is of little help to you.