What are Tax Appeals?
Tax appeals may involve any kind of tax:
- Income tax
- Sales tax
- Excise tax
- Estate tax
The appellate process at the IRS will require interaction with an appellate officer who is employed by that agency. The appellate officer is supposed to be objective; however, this frequently is not the case. Some appellate officers rule on issues; some appellate officers aggressively represent the IRS. Sometimes appellate officers negotiate compromise resolutions.
It can be important to have a deep knowledge of case law at an appeal, to argue as to which legal precedent should be applicable. Appellate officers frequently apply the law, as they interpret it, during their work. Evaluating the legal precedent properly may even result in a recommendation by your attorney to forego an appeal, so you can save your money, instead of wasting it. You need that type of honesty from your attorney. Being an Attorney-CPA can help at the appellate level.
Contact John McDuff, a Reputable Tax Lawyer in Austin
At the law offices of John McDuff, Attorney at Law, we want our clients to be fully informed throughout all phases of a tax appeal. I am a very experienced tax attorney in Austin. I have a keen eye for identifying appeals that are likely to succeed and those that are not. I also make sure that clients understand my opinions and the reasons for them — while ultimately leaving decisions in the hands of the client: to take an appeal before the IRS or not? To accept a compromise or not? To take an appeal into litigation or not?
When my clients and I decide to move forward with an appeal, it may take up to six months to get an appellate hearing. Once the appeal begins, however, the appeal is usually completed quickly.
Whatever the circumstances of a case, I always aim to minimize liability for my clients. Contact me at 512.457.1177 to schedule an appointment.