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Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio

Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio

If you are searching for a Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio, look no more – you have found the Lakewood Tax Lawyer that can fix your tax problems!

With more than 20 years of combined Lakewood tax lawyer experience, we know tax law! We’ve offered Lakewood taxpayers an array of tax services, including IRS Offer in Compromise representation, Tax Audits, Ohio CAT and Sales Tax Resolutions, Tax Lien Withdrawal, and more.

If you owe the IRS or the State of Ohio back taxes or have a tax audit, you deserve the best help from a Lakewood tax attorney. IRS and Ohio tax problems will not simply disappear alone. They will always get worse as time goes on.

Our Lakewood tax law firm offers a money-back guarantee, has affordable legal fees with interest-free payment plans, is licensed by the Ohio Bar (and the Tax Court and the IRS), and has helped thousands of Ohioans with our tax law services.

Before engaging a Lakewood tax attorney, it is essential to determine your options and what your tax resolution will look like.

Our Lakewood tax lawyer offers a free case analysis and will spend as much time as you need on the phone discussing your options and the solutions to resolve your tax problems.

If you could benefit from the services of a Lakewood tax lawyer, read on!

The Types of Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio Services We Offer

You can group what we do as a Lakewood tax lawyer into two buckets.

The first bucket your Lakewood tax lawyer handles is back tax resolution.

The IRS or the State of Ohio says you owe tax – usually like a ton of tax. So your Ohio tax lawyer will step in and get it fixed with you paying little to no tax.

The second bucket your Lakewood tax lawyer handles is tax audits.

The IRS or the State of Ohio says they “think” you should owe tax, and your Lakewood tax lawyer has to convince them that they are wrong. These are different than our other Ohio and IRS tax services as we work more to get the audit closed out with no additional tax due.

Of course, with any of the tax relief cases that we do, there are often unfiled tax returns that must be taken care of first. Your Lakewood tax lawyer can handle all types of unfiled tax returns, including catching up on unfiled delinquent tax returns. We can do amended tax returns as well.

The next most significant question folks as our Lakewood tax lawyer is whether the tax lien can be removed. Yep. Sure can. But usually, it requires dealing with the actual IRS back tax first.

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Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio

As you can see, we’ve got you covered if it has to do with IRS tax or Ohio tax. J. M. Sells Law is the premier Lakewood, Ohio tax law firm focused exclusively on IRS and Ohio tax. If you received a tax notice in the mail, call a Lakewood tax attorney to discuss today. Call us at 330-331-7611 for a free case analysis.

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“No one will get you results like your Lakewood tax lawyer at J. M. Sells Law. No one. I guarantee it. We have settled over $14,000,000 in taxes with a 99% success rate.”



Schedule your free phone consultation today to discuss various Ohio and IRS tax relief programs. J. M. Sells Law is the premier Lakewood Tax Law firm. Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio.

Our Process

Free Case Analysis

1-3 Days
Just because you owe tax doesn’t mean you should pay that amount in full. There’s a lot of tax relief options when facing crippling tax debt. As a proven Ohio tax lawyer, we don’t charge for a free case analysis to give you options.

Free Case Analysis

1-3 Days
Just because you owe tax doesn’t mean you should pay that amount in full. There’s a lot of tax relief options when facing crippling tax debt. As a proven Ohio tax lawyer, we don’t charge for a free case analysis to give you options.

Tax Resolution

2-4 Months
Your Ohio tax attorney will defend you against the government. With decades of experience navigating the complexities of tax law, your Ohio tax lawyer will negotiate a manageable tax resolution – saving you thousands.

Tax Freedom

4-6 Months
Working with an Ohio tax lawyer allows you to leverage our extensive experience and negotiating power to get the best possible tax solution. You’ll have the IRS or State off of your back for good when we close your case!

Our Practice Areas

IRS & Ohio Back Tax

Get Free from Ohio & IRS Back Tax Balances!

If you (or your business) owe money to the IRS or state of Ohio, we can remove penalties or even do a settlement. You have a lot of options.

IRS or Ohio Audit Representation

Get Representation During Tax Audits

The government has attorneys representing its interest. You need an Ohio tax lawyer to represent your interests during an Ohio or IRS tax audit.

Payroll Tax & Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

Get On Track With Payroll Taxes & the TFRP

Payroll taxes are the number one target of the government. We can get your payroll on track and avoid Trust Fund personal liability.

Remove Tax Liens & Stop Wage Garnishment

Stop wage garnishments and remove tax liens

If the government has garnished your wages or filed a tax lien against you, we can stop the garnishments and remove the tax lien.

Ohio CAT & Sales Tax

Stop Old CAT and Sales & Use Tax Collections

Maybe it’s been years since you’ve been in business but you are getting CAT and Sales & Use tax collection notices. We can stop those in their tracks.

Filing & Amending Tax Returns

Get Current & Compliant With Tax Filings

Have delinquent returns or need to amend a previously filed return? We are a full-service tax law firm and can handle that.

Results. Trusted. Local.

99% Success Rate

As a local and licensed Ohio tax lawyer, you know you will get results. We shoot straight and will tell you exactly what to expect.

Low Flat Rates

We have extensive experience and can tell you precisely what your flat rate legal fees will be for the best tax resolution.

Money Back Guarantee

If we don’t get the resolution that we tell you we can get, we will refund your entire legal fee – how’s the for a guarantee?

Local & Licensed

Josh is a real licensed Ohio tax lawyer with real Ohio offices – local to where you live and work. Don’t fall for out-of-state scams.

Real Lakewood Clients. Real Results.

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Andrew and Stacy Paid $0 to the IRS

We got them on a Financial Hardship with the IRS and they didn’t have to pay anything back. We also got a $200 wage garnishment released.

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Wayne Saved $13,000

We did an IRS penalty abatement for Wayne and removed $13,000 in penalties. We also released a $4,000 bank levy.

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Jeff and Lorrain Settled $129,000 for only $6,600

We were able to do an IRS offer in compromise for $6,600 for their $129,000 total back tax debt!

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Brian Settled $6.7M for $49,000

Brian had a wage garnishment that we released and we successfully settled his multi-million dollar IRS back tax for a fraction of what he owed.

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Michelle Settled $77,000 with only $750 to the IRS

We were able to settle Michelle’s back tax of $77,000 with only $750 to the IRS. We were able to remove the tax lien too.

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Negotiated a State of Ohio Tax Case

We were able to negotiate a state of Ohio back tax case and get Don and Sue in compliance with the state.

Jirom Micael
Jirom Micael
2022-07-01
JM Sells Law really helped me with my tax case and ended up getting it closed very shortly after taking my case. The lawyers and staff are very responsive and hands on and I would definitely recommend them as well as work with them again! Thank you JM Sells Law for saving me and getting my case closed!
Anthony Riehle
Anthony Riehle
2022-06-13
I called Josh and explained my problem he gave me a fair price and as soon as I signed the paperwork they got to work. Exactly what was promised was delivered and no unexpected expenses.
Robert Chubb
Robert Chubb
2022-06-07
Josh and the Team stayed in Regular contact throughout the whole process. If there were any documents needed they walked me through step by step. They were honest and straightforward and I am happy to say they saved me tens of thousands of dollars through my Settlement with the IRS.
Martin Hill
Martin Hill
2022-05-30
First time I've used legal help, they made me feel comfortable and kept me in the loop of the process as things happened, very professional. I'm very satisfied with the results I received. I highly recommend using them.
Michael Curry
Michael Curry
2022-05-29
I recently contacted the JMSells team for help with hefty IRS back tax issues. Brad in the office was level headed and listened to me panic patiently. He scheduled a phone consult with Josh and pulled all the needed documents from the IRS in advance of the scheduled call. On the morning of the call he emailed to advise me that my +/- $28,000 back tax, penalty and interest assessment had aged off my account because of my less-than-skillful ignorant neglect. I have not had such liberating news in half a lifetime. (He also provided the ledgers from the IRS) The call with Josh was not needed. I thanked the team and went on with my life, far less burdened. I whole-heartedly recommend the JM Sells team despite not having officially engaged their services. They won’t try to create fear, and will always take the steady, seasoned approach. You will be treated respectfully and will be kept in the loop. Lots of tacky tax “fixers” out on the wild web, but few with the class act of JM Sells. If I ever need help again, I know where I’ll turn. There is a reason they have 4.9 stars on Google Reviews. They earned them.
John Anderson
John Anderson
2022-04-21
Outstanding job discussed my unique case they went back 15 years got all docs and went over options all were great and got 12k that IRS claimed written entirely off entirely . Thank you again!!!
R. Varney
R. Varney
2022-04-11
He got started on my case and it took about 4 months for him to get the IRS to agree that most of my tax debt should have been zeroed out. That was an amazing feeling getting that notice that they had agreed. I wasn’t worried though because Josh said he could appeal their decision if I had to – and he wouldn’t charge extra for that!
Jill C. Abeyta
Jill C. Abeyta
2022-04-08
Josh gave me a very fair price and even allowed me to make payments on it. Josh wasn’t the cheapest, but he wasn’t the most expensive I’ve seen either. But he was really fair with his price – and that he would let me make payments was awesome.
Theresa Hicks
Theresa Hicks
2022-04-07
When I had my call with Josh, they had already pulled my IRS stuff and were able to give me a full recommendation for how I should handle my IRS tax. I didn’t even know this but from his work on looking at my files, he found out that most of my IRS tax debt should have already been zeroed out. Josh said that it was over the statute of limitations which is like 10 years from the tax or something like that.

Frequently Asked Questions

I get that the case analysis is free, but how much is it going to cost me if I want to hire an Ohio tax lawyer??

Great question. And you are right – the case analysis is absolutely free. With the case analysis, we will be able to tell you exactly what your options are to resolve your tax situation – Josh will also be able to offer you a guarantee – he will get the results promised, or your money back. Typically, our clients pay a flat rate for legal fees of around $2000 – $6000. We also offer payment plans.

You guarantee results? I've never met an attorney that will guarantee results. Is that for real?

Yes – that is “for real.” Josh is not like other attorneys. He will put his money where his mouth is. As a local and licensed Ohio tax attorney, he understands that other firms or even out-of-state scams have left a bad taste in your mouth. He wants to earn your trust before he earns your business. During your free case analysis, Josh will tell you the results that he will guarantee. If we can’t deliver – we refund your money. Take a screen shot of this if you want – it is legally binding! 🙂

I've got a ton of advertising from out-of-state groups. Are you really in Ohio?

We hear this one a lot! Yes, we are physically located in the state of Ohio . . . Our office is in Wadsworth, which is just north of Columbus . . . about 20 minutes from Akron . . . about 40 minutes south of Cleveland. And we do cover the entire state! Josh was born and raised in Ohio . . . he went to school in Ohio . . . he complains about the Browns, got excited that that Cav’s “next year” finally arriving in 2016, and knows that if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes – – – it’s Ohio afterall!

What exactly is the free case analysis? What if I don't want to wait and need help now?

Yeah, that’s a great question. First, the case analysis is where we will pull your IRS or Ohio tax files – – – this pulls the curtain back on what the government has in your file. We will see exactly what your specific tax situation is and determine the best resolution for you. This process generally takes just a day or two. Once we have those files, Josh will review them and put together a report for you outlining his findings and recommendations. He will jump on a call with you to go over this and to answer any questions you may have. Josh will also tell you exactly what the flat rate legal fee would be if you wanted to hire us and exactly how much you are going to save in taxes (your savings is almost always higher than the legal fee). That is the “phase 1” as we call it – the free case analysis.

If you have a tax emergency (wage garnishment, audit, bank levy), we can start working on day 1 – Josh would just consolidate everything for you so your situation can be handled immediately. Generally, if you have a tax emergency, we can get it resolved within a day or two.

I've heard about the IRS fresh start program (offer in compromise tax settlement) - what is that exactly? Does Ohio have one too?

The IRS Fresh Start program was an initiative started years ago by the IRS to help taxpayers start over after large sums of back taxes. The Offer in Compromise is part of that program. With an IRS Offer in Compromise, we can submit a settlement offer to the IRS to permanently settle your back taxes. It is true that you can literally settle for pennies on the dollar. However, the IRS uses a very complex formula to determine what you should offer. Your offer is based on available net assets and your future income potential. Factors such as age, household size, and location all factor into this analysis. We submit a lot of these settlements for our clients with great success. Josh will be able to tell you if you likely qualify for a settlement . . . and if you are on the fence of qualifying, Josh knows legal ways to get your income and expenses where they need to be for qualification purposes.

Ohio has a similar program for back taxes too. If you have Ohio tax, this is definitely something that your Ohio tax attorney will look at to determine your best course of action.

What other options are there if I owe back tax?

Besides the Offer in Compromise (settlement), there is (1) financial hardship (the IRS closes your account and stops trying to collect), (2) installment agreements with penalty removal (we get $1,000’s in penalties removed and set up a long-term installment agreement that can be as long as 84 months), (3) amended returns/appeals (sometimes we can lower or eliminate the tax bill just by amending the return or filing an appeal), (4) innocent spouse relief (if it wasn’t your fault, but was your spouse’s fault, we can pursue that option for relief), and (5) Collection Statute Expiration Date (occasionally, you may be close to the statute of limitations date, so we can petition to have the tax removed if the IRS doesn’t remove it automatically).

Josh has a lot of experience determining the best course of action – whatever he decided with you will likely save you a ton of money in taxes. Best of all, he does the case analysis for free, so you will know ahead of time what your options are without having to pay a dime!

I'm under audit by the IRS or the State of Ohio. Can you help me?

YES! And the sooner you contact us, the better. There are many deadlines involved with audits. A lot of issues can be avoided the sooner you contact us. Sometimes, simply having an attorney involved with the process will get you better results because the government does not want to deal with appeals.

You do NOT have to talk to the government once we are involved with your audit. We will represent you on your behalf.

Please don’t put this off – if you are under audit, contact us immediately. Even if the audit is done, you have a very limited amount of time (generally less than 90 days) to file an appeal – – – YOU WANT TO FILE THE APPEAL! Please get a hold of Josh as soon as you can – the results will almost always be better.

I got a letter from the State of Ohio for CAT or Sales Tax. What should I do?

Well – you should call Josh 🙂

But seriously, get in touch with our firm. We handle these Ohio tax cases all the time. Likely you used to have a business and when you shut things down, the state didn’t know you shut down. So, as a “courtesy,” they filed estimated returns for you for the last 5-10 years and are just now telling you about them (they are so nice, no?).

Josh is able to get most of these wiped out for you. Call us today for a free case analysis.

What is your contact information? Phone? Email?

The quickest way to reach us is by phone – our direct number is 330-331-7611. If you need to email us, you can email the firm at info@OhioTaxAttorney.com or you can email a question directly to Attorney Josh Sells at joshua.sells@OhioTaxAttorney.com.

Our office address is:

1392 High St. Suite 200

Wadsworth, OH 44281

About Lakewood

Here’s a little bit about the city of Lakewood if you are looking for a Tax Attorney Lakewood Ohio.

Lakewood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Established in 1889, it is one of Cleveland’s historical streetcar suburbs and part of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. The population was 52,131 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the third largest city in Cuyahoga County, behind Cleveland and Parma. Lakewood is home to a young and diverse population, including a significant number of immigrants. Its population density is the highest of any city in Ohio and is roughly comparable to that of Los Angeles.

Lakewood was incorporated as a village in 1889, and named for its lakefront location. The wilderness west of the Cuyahoga River was delayed being settled due to a treaty the American government made with the Native Americans in 1785, whereby no white man was to settle on that land. Consequently, when Moses Cleaveland arrived in 1796, his activities were confined to the east side of the river.

The area now called Lakewood was populated by the Ottawa, Potawatomi, Chippewa, Wyandot, Munsee, Delaware and Shawnee tribes until the Treaty of Ft. Industry pushed them west in 1805. The treaty, signed at Ft. Industry near what is now downtown Toledo, Ohio, ceded 500,000 acres of some of the tribes’ land to the United States for about $18,000 or 3.5 cents/acre. The Shawnee and Seneca, living with the Wyandot, were to get $1000 “…every year forever hereafter.”

The area now occupied by Lakewood, Rocky River, Fairview Park, and West Park was purchased from the Connecticut Land Company by a syndicate of six men headed by Judson Canfield on April 4, 1807, for $26,084.

In 1806 the area was formally surveyed as Rockport Township. In 1818, permanent settlement began with the arrival from Connecticut of James Nicholson. Other early pioneers included Jared Kirtland and Mars Wager. Settlements were mostly along Detroit Avenue, a toll road operated by the Rockport Plank Company from 1848 to 1901, with large farms and properties extending north to Lake Erie. Making bricks and planting orchards were among the most prolific occupations until natural gas and oil wells were developed in the early 1880s.

By 1819 18 families lived in Rockport Township. In 1893, streetcars came to Lakewood with the construction of the Detroit Avenue line, followed by the Clifton Boulevard line in 1903 and the Madison Avenue line in 1916.

Lakewood, the first suburb west of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie, began as Township 7, Range 14, of the Connecticut Western Reserve in 1805. It was a wooded wilderness through which cut the old Huron Post Road that ran from Buffalo, New York, to Detroit, Michigan. In 1819 a small group of eighteen families living in the area of present-day Lakewood, Rocky River, and part of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood named the growing community Rockport Township. In April of that year, the first election took place in Rufus Wright’s tavern with a member of each household present. Three were elected as trustees: Henry Alger, Erastus Johnson, and Rufus Wright. Elected as overseers of the poor were James Nicholson and Samuel Dean. Henry Canfield was elected clerk. This type of government served Rockport for the next 70 years, with an election held each year.

In 1889 East Rockport, with 400 residents, separated from the township and became the Hamlet of Lakewood. Settlement accelerated rapidly, with Lakewood becoming a village with 3,500 residents in 1903. City status, with 12,000 residents, came just eight years later. By 1930 the population of Lakewood was 70,509.

Lakewood is located at 41°28′51″N 81°48′1″W (41.480881, -81.800360), about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Downtown Cleveland. The city borders Lake Erie to the north, the Cleveland neighborhoods of Edgewater and Cudell to the east, and the neighborhoods of Jefferson and Kamm’s Corners to the south. It borders the suburb of Rocky River to the west at the Rocky River valley. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.69 square miles (17.33 km2), of which 5.53 square miles (14.32 km2) is land and 1.16 square miles (3.00 km2) is water.

Lakewood is home to several high rises, spread throughout the city. Most are concentrated on the Gold Coast, and, to a lesser extent, in Downtown Lakewood. The Gold Coast includes Winton Place Condos, Carlyle Condominiums on the Lake, The Meridian, The Waterford Condos, Marine Towers West, Marine Towers East, Imperial House, The Envoy, Twelve Thousand Edgewater, The Shoreham Apartments, Edgewater Towers, Lake House Condominiums, The Berkshire Condominiums, and Lake Shore Towers. Downtown high rises include Lakewood Center North (186 ft), the municipality’s tallest office building with 15 floors of office space and is the largest private office building in Cuyahoga County outside of Downtown Cleveland, based on total square footage. Other high rises in Downtown Lakewood include the INA Building (the first medical office building ever constructed), the Westerly West Building, the Westerly East Building, the Westerly South Building, and Northwesterly. Additional high rises in Lakewood include Castlewood Apartments, Richard Hilliard House Condominiums, Fedor Manor, Harbour View Apartments, Commodore Club Apartments, Mayfair Apartments.

Lakewood’s ethnic mosaic includes Albanian, Arab, Chinese, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Nepalese, Puerto Rican, Polish, Russian, Slovak, and Ukrainian ancestries. As of 2019, 12.2% spoke a language other than English at home, including Arabic, Spanish, Albanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Hungarian. The community is a hotspot for immigrants, arriving primarily from Southeast Europe (especially Albania, Romania, Greece, and the former Yugoslavia), the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, and Iran), South Asia (India, Nepal, and Myanmar), and the former USSR (Russia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine). The foreign-born population was approximately 8.6% in 2019.

If you are looking for a tax attorney Lakewood Ohio, you are at the right spot. Give us a call today at 330-331-7611.