Audits & Tax Litigation
Dealings with the IRS are something most people hope to avoid, but at times, they may contact you to perform an audit. It’s important to take the right steps when dealing with the IRS in these situations in order to avoid significant liabilities and losses. The tax lawyers at Hart David Carson, can represent you and guide you during audits and tax litigation.
If the IRS finds anything amiss with your tax payments or returns, they may audit you, especially in cases where there could be a large tax liability that isn’t accounted for. These audits are serious matters, but just because the IRS feels it necessary to take a look at your paperwork does not mean you need to give them everything. In many cases, they only need to see evidence regarding one specific area of your tax obligation.
There are three types of audits the IRS can perform when it comes to resolving possible tax issues. These are:
- Correspondence audits, in which the IRS simply requests more information concerning a part of your tax return. These are handled by mail, and are the simplest type of audit you can undergo.
- Office audits, in which you visit an IRS office to discuss an issue in greater depth.
- Field audits, in which the IRS visits you to perform a comprehensive analysis of your taxes. They will look at a wide variety of items, including receipts, statements, invoices, and so forth.
The IRS needs to follow specific protocols when performing audits, so it’s vital for you to have an attorney on your side to help you through the process. Otherwise, what was only a minor issue could grow to become a fairly large one. Hart David Carson, can help you through the tax audit process and keep risk to a minimum.
After an audit, the IRS may send you a Statutory Notice of Deficiency. This notice essentially outlines where you’re deficient with your taxes and what changes need to be made. At times, and for a variety of reasons, you’ll want to contest their proposed assessment. These reasons could range from being unable to pay the amount owed to a simple disagreement over how the law applies to your specific tax situation.
In order to challenge an assessment made by the IRS, you will need to file a petition with the United States Tax Court. This must be done within 90 days of receiving the notice—any time beyond that, and you forfeit the right to challenge the assessment. From there, you will need to make a valid case for your situation.
Throughout this process, expert legal representation is vital. Hart David Carson, can assist you in all matters concerning tax controversy and litigation, including representing you in U.S. Tax Court proceedings.
Legal Assistance With Tax Audits and Litigation
As you seek legal assistance with resolving a tax controversy with the IRS, you will need to be well aware of what your options are. Hart David Carson, can assist you through this process, represent you during audits and tax litigation, and help you keep yourself protected.
To find out more, contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.
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