Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Back Taxes? Look Into the IRS Office of Appeals

Back Taxes Resolved Through Appeals vs. Tax Court

Hundreds of thousands of US taxpayers dispute their back taxes annually through the IRS Office of Appeals instead of Tax Court.  Why? Because the IRS Office of Appeals has a responsibility of resolving tax disputes in a unbiased and impartial manner for tax payers.   See IRS Appeals.

What is The IRS Office of Appeals Process?

If the IRS chose to audit a tax return and states that the tax payer owes back taxes, the tax payer has the option to disagree with any proposed changes to their individual tax returns.  The tax attorneys at PEARSON BUTLER Law can evaluate your case and assess whether to appeal any audit adjustments, liens, offers in compromise, and levies.  The tax attorney team can also help you ask to hold conference with the IRS Office of Appeals and help you prepare for your Appeals conference.

See "Back Taxes in Utah?  Consider the IRS Office of Appeals."

What is a 30-Day Letter?

Once the Appeals conference has finished, the IRS will mail out a package that includes a “30-day letter” notifying you of your tax payer right to appeal any proposed changes, an explanation from the examiner explaining they proposed changes to your tax return, and a waiver form for the agreement.  You only have 30 days to respond to the 30-day letter or reach an agreement with the Appeals Officer, hence the name "30-day letter".  Failing to do so, you will receive a Notice of Deficiency or “90-day letter”.

What is a Protest Letter?

If you disagree with the 30-day letter's findings and proposed changes, you can write a Protest Letter.  The tax attorney team at PEARSON BUTLER Law can guide you in determining whether you should accept the 30-Day Letter or to send a Protest Letter to the IRS.  There are various factors in determining whether to accept or deny the 30-Day Letter, based on your individual situation and needs.

Can a Tax Payer Negotiate Settlement with the IRS Office of Appeals?

A tax payer with back taxes can negotiate a settlement wit the IRS Office of Appeals.  Since the IRS Appeals Officer has flexibility in deciding whether to deny or accept a settlement offer by weighing the merits of the taxpayer’s legal position versus of the risk of litigation, it is important to use a tax lawyer team with experience.  The tax lawyer team at PEARSON BUTLER Law help with advocating and negotiating on behalf of our clients.


PEARSON BUTLER Law offers IRS and state tax assistant in a variety of areas:

Contact a Tax Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has received communication from the IRS or other taxing agencies regarding back taxes in Utah, contact a criminal tax attorney at PEARSON BUTLER Law now.  Call (801) 495-4104 for a free initial consultation.

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