Does The IRS Make Mistakes?
The IRS processes nearly 155 million individual tax returns each year. It catches enough errors or supposed errors itself that it sent out 1.6 million notices related to math errors a few years ago. Even though the Service focuses on catching these mistakes, it also can make them. And it isn’t only the IRS that makes them, employers, HR departments and tax preparers make them.
We often encounter tax problems and audit situations that started with a simple mistake. It isn’t initially caught and then the problem grows. It is only identified when it’s become a back tax bill of thousands of dollars. There are options available.
How Do You Prove That The IRS Made A Mistake?
Gather your paperwork together. If you find an IRS mistake, write a letter that clearly explains the error and then attach documentation showing that what you filed was accurate.
If your employer accidentally sent two versions of a W-2, the IRS might double your income and assess a significant tax bill. By writing to explain the error and attaching documentation, you can often resolve the issue. You should receive a response in several weeks. If you do not, it is crucial to follow up or the situation could get worse.
Where Do You File An Appeal?
When a letter and explanation does not solve the issue, the next step is often to file a written protest with the IRS Office of Appeals. This independent organization provides an objective point of view in resolving tax disputes. Programs such as Fast Track Settlement and mediation often can resolve issues at the early stages of an audit or collection efforts.
What Do You Need To Include On A Formal Protest?
Before filing a formal protest, it is often helpful to seek legal advice to ensure you make the strongest possible argument with the first appeal. Some of the things that must be included in a protest are:
With any administrative hearing process, it is important to lead with your strongest arguments. And when you worry that the IRS did not correctly apply the law to your situation, individualized legal counsel may be the difference between winning early or long and drawn out litigation.
Fixing A Mistake
Fixing a mistake with the IRS is not quite as easy as a billing error with a local company. It can be extremely difficult to reach an agent as well. If your initial attempt to resolve a mistake goes nowhere, get a free consultation from a tax attorney.
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