Appeal System of the Internal Revenue Service.
People sometimes disagree on tax matters, the IRS has an appeal system. However reasons for disagreeing must come within the scope of tax laws. The IRS process of appeals must be followed to the letter of the law or they will be completely denied by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Appeal IRS Decision
The tax decision reached by the examiner may be appealed to a local appeals office, which is separate and independent of the IRS Office that conducted the examination.
An appeals office is the only level of appeal within the IRS.
IRS Conferences with the appeals division office personnel may be conducted in person, through correspondence, or by telephone with the taxpayer or its authorized representative.
Instructions for requesting a conference with an appeals officer are always provided in the letter of proposed tax adjustment. It is the job of each unit to make sure each taxpayer, business or corporate entity receives specific instructions regarding the appeals process.
In FSLG, the Letter 950 is generally used to propose adjustments to employment taxes.
It states that to request a conference with an appeals officer, the taxpayer will need to file either a small case request or a formal written protest with the contact person named in the letter.
Whether you file a small case request or a formal written protest depends on several factors.
Small Case Appeals
If a conference is requested the examiner will send the conference request letter to the appeals office to arrange for a conference at a convenient time and place. The taxpayer or its qualified representative should be prepared to discuss all disputed issues at the conference. Most differences are settled at this level.
To go further passes process involves going to tax court so it is critical that cases are settled at this level. Needless to say Tax Court can run thousands and thousands of dollars.
Only attorneys, certified public accountants or enrolled agents are allowed to represent a taxpayer before Appeals.
Making a Small Case Request $25,000 or less
A small case request is appropriate if the total amount of tax, penalties, and interest for each tax period involved is $25,000 or less.
If more than one tax period is involved and any tax period exceeds the $25,000 threshold, a formal written protest for all periods involved must be filed.
The total amount includes the proposed increase or decrease in tax and penalties or claimed refund.
To make a small case request, the instructions in the letter of proposed tax adjustment provide that the taxpayer should send a brief written statement requesting an appeals conference and indicate the changes with which it does not agree with and the reasons it does not agree with them.
Be sure to send the protest within the time limit specified in the letter you received, which is generally 30 days. If you are sending this request in by mail make sure you send it certified. If it is not received on a timely basis IRS will deny your request.
Filing a Formal IRS Protest or Appeals with the IRS
When a formal protest is required, it should be sent within the time limit specified in the letter. The following should be provided in the protest:
1. Taxpayer’s name and address, and a daytime telephone number.
2. A statement that taxpayer wants to appeal the IRS findings to the Appeals Office.
3. A copy of the letter proposed tax adjustment.
4. The tax periods or years involved.
5. A list of the changes that the taxpayer does not agree with, and reason for disagreement.
6. The facts supporting the taxpayer’s position on any issue that it does not agree with.
7.The law or authority, if any, on which the taxpayer is relying.
All taxpayers must sign the written protest, stating that it is true, under the penalties of perjury as follows:
“Under the penalties of perjury, I declare that I examined the facts stated in this protest, including any accompanying documents, and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and complete.”
If the taxpayer’s representative prepares and signs the protest for the taxpayer, he or she must substitute a declaration stating:
That he or she submitted the protest and accompanying documents and;.
Whether he or she knows personally that the facts stated in the protest and accompanying documents are true and correct.
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