Robert J. Fedor, Esq., L.L.C.

An attorney can help you navigate IRS administrative appeals

Although a tax audit or investigation may arise from a genuine misunderstanding, it may not feel that way from the taxpayer’s perspective.

The process starts small, generally with an IRS audit notification and related correspondence. Next, the individual or business may turn over the tax returns for the years at issue. However, if a taxpayer is unable to provide proof that entries on the return are accurate, serious penalties and/or even criminal penalties could be implicated.

The IRS’ approach to tax collection is equally intimidating. Although there are a variety of administrative processes for responding to a tax dispute, a taxpayer may be unaware of these options. To make matters worse, the IRS recently announced that it would be delegating some of its tax collection activities to private debt collection agencies.

According to one estimate, private debt collection agencies will be contacting thousands of delinquent taxpayers this spring. For some commentators, that raises concerns of privacy and fraud. In the past, scam artists have reached out to unsuspecting victims, demanding back taxes.

Our tax law firm has helped many clients navigate not only tax controversies and disputes, but also the seemingly simple task of communicating with the IRS. Although the IRS is required to provide certain written notices, it often requires an attorney’s experience to utilize the full range of administrative options available to a taxpayer.

As soon as you receive correspondence from the IRS, it is your right to consult with an attorney. After the IRS learns you have legal representation, all future correspondence can be routed through one’s attorney. That fact, alone, can provide reassurance to concerned taxpayers.

Source: Detroit Free Press, “IRS turns to debt collectors to call about unpaid taxes,” Susan Tompor, April 4, 2017

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