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Tax Appeals

You may have received a letter from the IRS letting you know that you have a tax debt. If you disagree with this assessment, a tax appeal may be right for you. The Law Office of Thomas J. Hansen is here to help support you through the tax appeal process and reach a favorable resolution. With 23 years working in the IRS, 13 of which were in an appeals office, Attorney Thomas Hansen has a thorough understanding of how to achieve a successful end to a tax appeal. While benefitting from his extensive experience, Attorney Hansen will provide unrivaled client support and walk you through every step in the tax appeals process.

What Happens in a Tax Appeal?

There are three requirements for you to be eligible for a tax appeal, including:

  1. The IRS sent you a letter explaining your right to seek an appeal;
  2. You disagree with the IRS’s decision; and
  3. You will not sign the agreement form sent to you by the IRS.

You must file a written protest to request an appeal with the IRS Office of Appeals. The written protest has several very specific requirements for what the written protest should contain. The protest must, among other things, include:

  • A list of the proposed items you disagree with and why you disagree with said items
  • Facts, law, or other authority you are using to support your position on each disagreed upon item
  • A signed penalties of perjury statement

The Appeals Office is kind of like a mediator. It is a separate department that is not associated with the IRS office. An Appeals Officer will be assigned to your case and evaluate your claims.

The key to a successful appeal is to identify the issues in dispute and try to resolve these issues as easily as possible. Help the IRS see what the issues are and what the facts are. A clear and concise explanation of your position and support for you position is the path most likely to lead to a favorable resolution.

In order to properly identify the issues, ask these questions:

  • What are the facts?
  • What are the issues and controversies?
  • Is it a technicality or a credibility issue?

Identifying the problem is the first step to finding a solution. If it appears that the IRS made an incorrect decision based on a misinterpretation of the law, this may be cleared up by checking the source of the law at issue. If there may be a misunderstanding regarding the facts, this may be cleared up with organized records or other forms of evidence that resolve the dispute.

Get Expert Legal Advice from an Experienced Tax Attorney

A tax appeal need not be a lengthy and overwhelming process. The Law Office of Thomas J. Hansen will work with you to understand the specific circumstances surrounding your tax appeal and help develop a solution to your tax appeal problems. Attorney Thomas Hansen has the knowledge and experience to help you resolve any dispute you may have with the IRS. Contact the Law Office of Thomas J. Hansen today and get the tax support you need.




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