How to Appeal an IRS Decision Letter
In most cases, when a taxpayer gets audited, the process can last anywhere from months to years. It all depends on the case as each taxpayer’s situation is different, some being more complicated than the others. At any rate, it is safe to say that anyone who has or is going through an auditing process just wants the entire ordeal done and over with, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)!
Contrary to popular belief, the IRS is not interested in engaging in drawn-out auditing processes. They are just as interested as the taxpayer in resolving each person’s case as quickly as possible. The IRS is in the business of making sure that the nation’s finances are accounted for. This means assessing every United States (US) taxpayer’s annual filings and making sure that they are correct. If for any reason it isn’t, that taxpayer can be subject to getting audited.
What Does Being Audited Mean?
Receiving an audit letter can mean several things and not all of them are necessarily bad. A person can receive an audit letter just because information was entered on his or her annual tax filings incorrectly. There is also a computerized selection with an algorithm programmed to randomly select taxpayers to undergo the auditing process.
There are the more obvious reasons why one might receive an audit letter: Not filing his or her annual taxes and even worse, neglecting to pay his or her annual taxes. These two offenses are issues that will only complicate a case resulting in paying more money to the IRS due to additional interests and penalty fees if the matter continues to be ignored.
The Auditing Process
If ever one were to receive an IRS audit letter, it is best to understand that the auditing process depends on how organized that taxpayer is. It is always recommended to keep at least 3 years of tax filings along with the related documents on record. Additionally, one should communicate with the IRS as often as possible to keep them abreast of any changes and to verify what they have on file is accurate.
What to Do if You Disagree with the IRS’s Decision
If for some reason, you disagree with the outcome of the entire auditing process, you reserve the right to disagree with this decision. However, in order to appeal an IRS decision, it must be done formally. The first step that you must take is write a letter to the Court of Appeals explaining your case along with the reason why you disagree with the IRS’s decision. To learn more about what needs to be included in your Letter of Appeal, visit the IRS website.
Small Case Request
Taxpayers whose cases are less than $25,000, can qualify for a Small Case Request. Applicants must fill out a Request for Appeals Form 12203. The only exclusions are exempt organizations, S corporations and partnerships, and employee plan.
To obtain other IRS Forms, call 1-800-829-3676 or 1-800-TAX-FORM.
Success Tax Relief: Helping You Out
Here at Success Tax Relief, we realize how overwhelming the auditing process can be. We also understand how complicated situations can get when appealing an IRS decision. That is why we specialize in such tax issues having over 30 years of experience in this field, communicating with the IRS on our customer’s behalf. If you would like someone to take care of all your tax-related issues, contact Success Tax Relief today at 877-825-1179 or schedule a consolation with us online now!