Steve Barnes is a real-life tax lawyer.
He became a lawyer in 2014 and is currently in the process of transitioning to another profession.
Barnes, who is a partner at Barnes & Barnes LLP in New York, has been a tax attorney for more than three decades.
Here are some of his tips for those looking to take the tax profession in a different direction.1.
It can take years to build a reputation and get a firm to consider you.
Start by looking for your niche, like your own tax practice or a specific tax issue.
Barnes said, “I’m a big believer in taking the time to be a bit of a contrarian, to be able to make my case.
That’s my calling.
If you can make a good case, you can move forward.”2.
Seek professional help.
There are many reasons to seek professional help, including personal finance, health, family, finances, or your own mental health.
In fact, Barnes said there are many things to look for when it comes to tax preparation.
He said, “… it’s not necessarily the most efficient way to go about things.
If there’s an issue, there are a number of other things you can look at.”3.
Find a niche.
Barnes explained, “There are a lot of tax professionals that are focused on the very small amount of people who are in a tax position, the very low-income tax bracket.
But if you’re looking for an area of focus, tax preparation, it’s the same thing.”4.
Know your boundaries.
“There’s a lot about tax that we can’t know,” Barnes said.
“We can’t see into every aspect of your financial life.
There’s a little bit of tax in every aspect.
We have to be aware of that.”5.
“Tax preparation is a very small part of your overall life,” Barnes explained.
“So getting advice and support from a tax professional is the next step.
And we can provide that for free.”