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Tax Services: IRS Appeals
What is an IRS Appeals Process? When an IRS audit ends up in an audit recommendation you do not agree with, Progressive Tax Group's tax attorneys and tax lawyers can represent you before the IRS Appeals Office. Appeals Officers are often more experienced than the Revenue Agents who handle IRS audits. The vast majority of disputed audits are settled during the IRS appeals process. It is important to have someone who understands the procedure and has been there before. The IRS handles many appeals every year; you are only involved in one.
An aggressive and knowledgeable tax attorney or tax lawyer can make a huge difference in the settlement you will be offered during the IRS appeals process. Like the taxpayers themselves, the IRS does not want to litigate these issues because of the time, expense, and risk of an unfavorable outcome. When the IRS loses a case, it sets a precedent that could cost them for years. A powerful tax disputes attorney on your side gives the IRS the maximum opportunity to lose. To avoid such a loss, the Appeals Officers look to settle these matters and avoid the courtroom altogether.
The goal of the IRS Appeal Division is to "settle" disputes between the IRS and taxpayers.
- The most common IRS decision which is appealed is that of an IRS Audit where the IRS has increased the taxpayer's tax liability.
- Often this increase includes additional penalties and interest.
- The taxpayer must file an IRS Appeals request within a certain time frame and follow the IRS guidelines for an Appeal request to be valid.