Appealing an IRS Action
Modesto Appealing an IRS Action Lawyer
The IRS has an appeals system for people who do not agree with the results of an examination of their tax returns or with other adjustments to their tax liability. The Law Offices of Thomas P. Hogan will represent you at the audit level. If your examination or other adjustment was conducted as an audit, and you do not agree with the results, the Law Offices of Thomas P. Hogan will request a meeting with the auditor’s supervisor. If the taxpayer still does not reach an agreement, the law offices will request a conference with an Appeals Officer.
Many other things can be appealed where the law office will assist you. Among them are certain penalties, including the trust fund recovery penalty, offers in compromise, employment tax adjustments, liens, levies, seizures, denials or terminations of installment agreements, collection due process notices, denials of abatement of interest and other claims.
Appeals conferences are informal meetings and you should be represented. If you do not reach agreement with the Appeals or Settlement Officer, you may appeal certain actions through the courts.
Fraud and Tax Crimes Basics
It should not come as a shock to hear that it’s a crime to cheat on your taxes. The IRS estimates that about 17% of all taxpayers are not complying with the tax laws in some way or another. However, if the IRS comes knocking, you need representation.
According to the IRS, individual taxpayers do 75% of the cheating and corporations do the rest. Cash intensive businesses and service industry workers, from handypeople to doctors are the worst offenders.
Most people cheat by deliberately underreporting income. A government study found that the bulk of the underreporting was done by self-employed restaurateurs, car dealers, salespeople, doctors, lawyers, accountants and hairdressers.
If you are caught cheating by an auditor, they can either impose a civil fine and penalty or worse, refer your case to the IRS’s criminal investigation unit. Auditors are trained to look for fraud. The Law Offices of Thomas P. Hogan is uniquely suited to assist as the attorney is also a Certified Public Accountant and trained to assist the taxpayer is cases where there is possible underreporting of income or overstating of expenses.
Tax liabilities with respect to which the debtor made a fraudulent return or willfully attempted in any manner to evade or defeat the tax law are excluded from discharge in bankruptcy.