IRS Tax Appeals: What You Need To Know

No one wants to have a problem with the IRS, but there are plenty of situations where it is next to impossible to avoid a conflict or disagreement – tax appeals can be the answer. Often, people with very complicated taxes, such as business owners, find themselves in the position where the IRS says they owe more money. Few people realize, however, that the high number of cases that are processed by the IRS every year means that there is relatively little time to spend on each case. That leads to a high number of mistakes and incorrect applications of the tax code that are overlooked.

For someone who is being told by the IRS that they owe additional money as a result of an examination or other activity, it can be difficult to know where mistakes were made. Fortunately, the tax professionals at Samaritan Tax Relief are willing to help. We can review your case and help file tax appeals that force the IRS to re-examine their original findings. Before starting on the IRS appeals process, however, it’s important to understand a little about these filings.

Who Can File A Tax Appeal?

If the IRS has made any type of decision regarding an audit or review of your tax filing, then it is possible to file an appeal of that decision by the requisite deadline. Of course, there are different procedures to filing an appeal based on the type of decision that was made. For example, someone who is looking to have his or her overall tax debt reduced would file very different paperwork than someone who is looking to appeal an installment plan decision.

Every U.S. taxpayer has the right to appeal decisions from the IRS, and the IRS is required by law to have an impartial tax appeals department.

In the event that you do not win your appeal, it is possible to take the next step and argue your position in tax court with tax court representation. Of course, it is highly recommended that you have the assistance of a tax attorney in these cases.

How Do I Know If I Should File An Appeal?

In order to determine if you have a case, it’s first necessary to determine where the IRS is violating the law. For example, a taxpayer can appeal the IRS’ decision to charge excessive penalties or he or she could use evidence to show that they do not in fact owe the amount of tax that the IRS says they owe based on tax law.

The appeals process is not the place to protest an amount that has been fairly determined or to ask for a payment plan. There are other processes to ask for a reduction in the total amount owed or to establish an installment agreement. IRS tax appeals are only meant to correct mistakes that the IRS has made. If you cannot afford to pay the debt that you have with the IRS, it may be possible to request a payment modification or an installment agreement.

It should also be noted that in the event your tax debt has gone into collections, there is a separate appeals process for collection issues. The collection appeals process does not allow taxpayers to appeal the total amount owed or the amount owed every month, but it does allow taxpayers to appeal the methods used to collect the debt.

What Can I Expect From The IRS Appeal Process?

By law, all tax appeals are heard by an impartial Appeals Officer. The Appeals Office operates as a separate unit from the rest of the IRS in order to maintain neutrality.

In order to be successful with your appeal, taxpayers are required to clearly list all issues that they have with the decision and put forth a clear written argument based on tax law to explain why the reasoning behind the IRS decision should be reversed.

It’s important to note, however, that the tax law only states that appeals have to be dealt with in a timely manner. If there is a backlog of cases to be heard, which often is the case, it might take longer for your case to be heard.

Because it is very complex and difficult to navigate through the appeal process, or even to determine if you should file an appeal or a request for a modification and how to set forth the argument of an appeal, it’s a good idea to work with the tax resolution professionals of Samaritan Tax Relief who have a lot of experience with successfully making an IRS tax appeal.

Please take a look at additional information and advice on some of the more common tax appeals options available in which we provide expert tax representation:

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One of your most important rights as a taxpayer is your right to have a qualified tax resolution professional, such as an Enrolled Agent (EA), represent you with your tax appeal in order to provide the best chances of success.

When you hire Samaritan Tax Relief to assist you with your IRS appeal, we will guide you through the process while advocating on your behalf and protecting your interests.

Samaritan Tax Relief is here to help you because when you have a justified opportunity for a tax appeal, the worst thing you can do is to do nothing at all? The best decision is to take the necessary first step and to try to obtain some tax debt relief!

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