Bankruptcy & IRS Tax Defense

Take your first step today.  Contact lawyer and attorney John L Hoffer.   I can help.  1-425-330-4898.  The initial bankruptcy consultation is free.

As an attorney I focus on bankruptcy and IRS tax defense cases. The Law Office of John L. Hoffer is located in Everett, Washington.

In the area of bankruptcy, I help clients file Chapter 7 which discharges most debts, include medical debt, credit cards, pay-day loans, and sometimes income taxes. Chapter 13 is helpful to avoid a foreclosure or a loss of a car or truck from repossession. Most of the time debtors do not lose their property because the state or federal property exemptions ensure they keep their property.

I offer flexible payment plans for the attorney fee in bankruptcy cases.

In the area of taxes, I help clients deal with IRS debts through offers in compromise, payment plans, no-collect status, innocent spousal relief, equitable relief, and bankruptcy. I address wage levies, bank levies, audits, liens, appeal of taxes, Tax Court cases, and incorrect assessment of taxes.  I do Offers in Compromise based both on doubt as to collectability and doubt as to liability.

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Law Office of John L. Hoffer
1710 – 100th Place SE, Suite 109
Everett, WA 98208


PAYMENT PLANS FOR THE ATTORNEY FEE (for bankruptcy cases).



LAWYER ATTENTION ON EVERY CASE.  No paralegals working your case.


SERVING SNOHOMISH AND ISLAND COUNTIES.  The office is located in downtown Everett, Washington, very close to the county court house.

Education and Publications. Mr. Hoffer is an attorney who received his J.D. at Gonzaga University School of Law and his LL.M in taxation from Boston University School of Law. As part of his lawyer education he was a published member and associate editor of the Law Review at the Gonzaga University School of Law, and a member of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law where he authored Tax Legislation and the Origination Clause, 2 B.U.Journal of Tax Law 1 (1984), which in 2002 was cited in a U.S. Congressional report on the interpretation and enforcement of the Origination Clause of the United States Constitution regarding the enactment of federal tax legislation.

Expert Witness.  Mr. Hoffer has been admitted into Federal District Court as an expert witness in tax law. He has argued tax cases up to the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Chair of Tax Law Section of State Bar Association.  In 1993 through 1995 he served as chair of the Tax Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and vice-chair from 1991 through 1993. He has taught at various continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and accountants.  He also was part of the ad hoc committee of lawyers that drafted the statutes on limited liability companies for the State of Alaska, where he practiced law for ten years, where he practiced law for ten years from 1990 through 2000.  Both prior to and after his stint in Alaska he practiced law in Snohomish County, Washington.

Dedicated Lawyer.  Mr. Hoffer is a dedicated attorney who believes in personal service and knows only too well that the IRS is dysfunctional, in part because Congress has written laws to ensure that the tax collection system rarely produces a just result.

History of Law Practice.  It was from his tax practice that John L Hoffer was pulled into  a bankruptcy law practice.  Bankruptcy sometimes is the best way to contain tax problems.  At this time consumer and business bankruptcies are a major portion of his law practice in addition to his tax cases.  He has been a lawyer and an attorney since he was sworn in at the age of twenty-five.

Client Base.  We represent bankruptcy clients  in the follow cities in Snohomish County: Arlington, Bothell, Brier, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, Sultan, and Woodway.

We represent bankruptcy clients from the following communities on Whidbey Island:  Admiral’s Cove, Bayview, Clinton, Deception Pass, Freeland, Glendale, Greenbank, Keystone, Lagoon Point , Langley, Maxwelton, Oak Harbor, San De Fuca, West Beach.

We represent tax clients in all fifty states.

Notice Required by Federal Law: Congress says law firms that do bankruptcy work are debt relief agents, whatever that means. We certainly help people file bankruptcy.

Law Office of John L. Hoffer
1710 – 100th Place SE, Suite 109
Everett, WA 98208