|Did you experience an IRS audit and felt that the agent took advantage of you?
Or perhaps, afterwards, did you discover additional documentation that may have
caused the audit results to be different?
If so, then the appeals process may be advantageous to you.
In most instances, during the course of an audit, the IRS often arrives at their
own conclusions and may not consider the reality of the taxpayer's issues. This
could result in an outcome in which you are not at all pleased. Then afterwards
the primary goal of the IRS will be to collect the assessed tax liability, often
resorting to levies and/or assets seizures, regardless that you are faced with
the responsibility to provide for your family or have bills that you are unable
to pay. Most taxpayers dread facing an audit conducted by the IRS.
The average taxpayer does not know that they can actually appeal the final
results of an IRS audit. If in fact you do not agree with the outcome of the
audit, you can submit a written form protest within 30 days to negotiate with
the IRS and possibly lower the amount of your tax debt. This procedure should
not be done on your own due to the fact that it is far too complicated. It is
highly recommended that you engage a qualified tax professional to handle this
matter for you.
The major role of appeals is dispute resolution. Appeals conferences are
informal meetings which are handled by the local Appeals Office.
Most audit appeals are used to the taxpayer's advantage and a majority of audit
appeals are successful to some extent. Submitting the formal protest and filing
the appeal not only suspends any adverse collection activity for a few months,
but it may also help minimize the liabilities you have with the IRS. This may
be a huge relief off your shoulders.
All apppeals are handled by a different division within the IRS, which is known
as the Appeals Office, meaning that once you file the appeal, you most likely
will not have to deal with the IRS agent who audited you in the first place;
you will usually deal with the Appeals Officer only. This may be a benefit to
the taxpayer since the Appeals Officer is not as familiar with your case as the
agent who audited you. An Appeals Officer in some cases may be more considerate
than your original IRS auditor.
Outside of tax court, appeals is the only level of administrative appeal within
the IRS which permits any taxpayer to contest an IRS compliance action and some
collection actions. An Appeals officer will give your tax case a fresh look by
considering any reason you may have for disagreement, except those based solely
upon moral, religious, political, constitutional, or conscientious objection or
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