Trusting Your Tax Attorney

Trusting Your Tax Attorney Is Critical

When you are facing possible litigation, audit, garnishment, levies and liens by the IRS or a state treasury, you need a lawyer, NOT a CPA. Tax problems are legal problems, and legal problems call for an advocate, not an accountant. Over the last 11 years, John has successfully represented taxpayers owing tens of millions of dollars in federal and state taxes. Through his efforts, he has saved clients millions of dollars.

John D. Harrington, PLLC has been an attorney for over 20 years. For the last 11 years he has been solely dedicated to representing individuals and business with tax problems. In addition to being a licensed attorney, John has an Enrolled Agent certificate. In order to qualify for the Enrolled Agent designation, you must present yourself to the IRS and pass three tests in areas of individual taxes, business taxes, and representation of taxpayers.

John is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and Florida. John is also admitted to practice in The United States Tax Court; The Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan; The Federal District Court Eastern District of Michigan, and the Federal District Court Middle District of Florida.

Here Is One Client's Story

Recently I was representing an attorney that owed over $150,000 to the IRS. His conference with the IRS's Offer in Compromise specialist was coming up and based on his current year income documents, he no longer qualified for an offer.

He asked to meet with me the day before the conference to see what his options were, as he did not believe he would get a settlement. At the meeting I assured him that there was still an offer to be had. I let him know that I had worked with the specialist in the past, that I had a good relationship with him, and that he was someone who was willing to consider a settlement. He still doubted that an offer was available to him, but he had faith in me and he told me to “work my magic”.

The next day I called the specialist and immediately asked whether he intended to work out a settlement for my client. He stated that this was his intention. Therefore, I was able to establish right away that he was willing to consider a settlement for my client. I then indicated to the specialist that, pursuant to the IRS's rule, we could use a 3 year income average for my client instead of his current earnings and that based on that 3 year average, a settlement was available. The specialist agreed to review the 3 year income average and to call me back after the review.

A few hours later the specialist called me back, agreed to use the 3 year average and we were able to negotiate out a favorable settlement for my client. The settlement reached was ultimately approved by the IRS. The settlement was paid by my client in a timely fashion and he is now tax debt free.

Memberships and Credentials

Michigan Bar Association

Licensed to practice in the State of Michigan

Michigan Bar #: P71506

Florida Bar Association

Licensed to practice in the State of Florida

Florida Bar #: 61360

U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan

Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan

Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court – Middle District Florida

Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court – Middle District Florida

United States Tax Court

Admitted to practice in the United States Tax Court

Highest Credential Awarded by the IRS

Professional Record

  • Former Litigator, whose courtroom experience translates into powerful debate and negotiation skills, dictating the terms of the conversation and steering the discussion to the best resolution for the client.
  • Seasoned attorney with expertise in tax representation, trail practice, business litigation, bankruptcy and appellate practice.
  • Strong leader, adept at executing a united vision and motivating teams to exceed expectations. Adept at cultivating working relationships and building trust with clients and colleagues.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to liaise at all levels. Goal-oriented, dependable, and resourceful with outstanding negotiation skills and superb customer service.
  • Ability to read people and situations is crucial to creating relational ties within the community and establishing a good reputation and rapport with both clients and those in the industry.