How to Become a Tax Attorney

If you want to become a tax attorney, you will need to specialize in working with taxpayers to solve any problems that they have with the revenue departments of the state or with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While most tax attorneys concentrate on tax issues and relief, your tax attorney can also help you through an audit, get fines and liens removed and help you navigate the numerous tax issues that seem to confront most small businesses or even if you are self employed.


If you want to become a successful tax attorney you would need an academic background and experience. One of the first requisites would be to have a law degree that has concentrated on tax law. A law degree from a reputed law school is an expensive affair and you may have to look at scholarships to get over this problem of paying for the course. Before you enroll in a law school you would need to be registered with the Law School Data Assembly Service, also known as LSDAS.


Once you are registered with LSDAS you can then send your official LSAT score to all the law schools that you are planning to enroll in. While choosing a school you would have to take into consideration the reputation of that school, the location (is it convenient for you) and of course the fees that you would have to pay. The LSAT is the Law School Admission Test that is standardized and is required by all law schools. The required reading for this exam which involves logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, reading comprehension and a written section is available widely and on the Internet.

It is not necessary that all the sections count in the score, but the laws schools will look at all sections before deciding on admission. It is better to complete the LSAT test by October so that you have sufficient time to apply to all the law schools you are considering. Applying to a number of schools will allow you the freedom of making a change in case your first preference law school does not accept you.


Law school studies take three years and involve a lot of hard work and application and being constantly up to date with the latest changes in the laws and their interpretations. Internship with a firm that deals in taxation law is another prerequisite that will prepare you for the tax attorney career you are aiming for. This internship will induct you in to the world of taxation law and its various requirements. This internship could also help you to network with other people or attorneys in the profession and this could stand you in good stead once you start practicing on your own.

Future Prospects

Once you become a tax attorney, you enter a field for which there is a lot of demand. Tax laws are complex and constantly being amended and revised. As a practicing tax law attorney you would need to be constantly abreast of the latest happenings in tax law and be well aware of the sort of litigation and issues that reach the courts. This will help you to advise your own clients of the areas they need to be careful of. Most businesses are heavily dependent on their tax attorneys for conducting their businesses and to stay clear of the law. This is where your presence as a tax attorney could help your clients. Businessmen are more at home with the economic and managerial aspects of their business and would depend heavily on you as the tax attorney to keep clear of legal issues especially those considering tax matters.