Do I Need A Tax Lawyer For An IRS Audit?
Threatened with an IRS tax audit? Do not try negotiating on your own with the IRS. The tax attorneys at Farrell, Hamilton & Julian, P.C., can help you respond appropriately to an audit and defend your rights throughout the process.
The federal tax code is extremely complicated and constantly changing. If you are being audited, contact an experienced tax law firm that will work vigorously to minimize your tax liability and any penalties or interest.
Trusted Experience With IRS Tax Audits
Attorney Phillip Hamilton helps clients successfully resolve tax disputes with the IRS. Several of our attorneys are certified public accountants (CPAs) or have accounting backgrounds. This educational background coupled with their significant tax law experience helps them effectively pursue beneficial resolutions to IRS tax audits.
The IRS Tax Audit Process
The IRS audits taxpayers who report certain “red flag” items, and it randomly selects tax returns for examination each year. The first step is generally a request for information. After its review, the IRS may send you a letter requesting additional information or a proposed deficiency alleging that you owe tax.
Whether you have received a letter from the IRS or notice of an audit, you need to act immediately. Our tax lawyers will help you by:
- Working directly with the revenue agent assigned to your case
- Responding to IRS document requests
- Closely reviewing audit reports and other records for errors
- Representing you during any taxpayer interviews
- Negotiating a resolution
We can help you file an amended tax return, if necessary. If the IRS has initiated tax collection efforts against you, we can help you resolve the dispute in a way that protects your interests.
Appeals Of IRS Tax Audit Findings
If you disagree with the IRS’ findings, we can file a protest on your behalf and seek an agreement or reversal through appeal:
- Administrative appeal: The IRS Office of Appeals has the authority to settle cases through an informal dispute resolution process. Cases are often settled on a favorable percentage basis.
- Tax litigation: If we cannot settle at the administrative appeal stage, we will file a petition with the U.S. Tax Court, where a federal tax judge will hear your case.
- U.S. District Court: In some cases, it is advisable to pay the disputed tax and seek a refund. We can assist you with filing for the refund or sue for the refund in federal court.