What is Reconsideration?
Did something on your taxes go horridly wrong?
You may be considering reconsideration.
But what is this reconsideration magic that we are speaking of? Well…
Reconsideration is, in some ways, an appellate process. You are asking the IRS to “reconsider” their previous determination of your tax liability. Reconsideration is most often filed by people who:
- Have missed a tax return and were subjected to a substitute form being filed on their behalf
- Failed to appear for an audit (whether by choice or inadvertently)
- Moved and didn’t receive important documentation from the IRS or state tax authorities as a result
- Don’t agree with the results of a prior audit or tax assessment
Reconsideration is also helpful for people who have new information that wasn’t available at the time of earlier IRS proceedings or tax return filings.
Such new information could include:
- Bank account or payroll records
- Sales receipts
- Business financials (profit/loss statements, expenditures, etc.)
- Mortgage documents
- Copies of official court records (like divorce decrees or adoption records)
- Other financial or personal data that could impact the results of an audit or change the amount of tax due
- Proof that tax liability had already been paid at the time it was assessed (for example, quarterly business tax payments were made and the checks were cashed, but a processing error led the IRS to “double-bill” them)
Staying organized and keeping all of your documents in order is a must. Consider keeping a folder or file handy so that you’ll be prepared for the tax season.
Another important note about the reconsideration process is that it isn’t the same thing as filing an amended return.
If, for example, you previously paid the amount the IRS says you owed but now realize they were wrong in their assessment, you must file a formally amended return instead of seeking reconsideration.
Reconsideration requests are also not appropriate for people who resolved their tax liability by accepting an offer in compromise or by filing closing agreements, or for those whose tax liability has been adjudicated by the United States Tax Court.
Why Seek Help for Reconsideration?
If you find yourself in a situation like this you may feel very frustrated. The IRS and taxes, in general, are a confusing process.
It is totally normal for people to move from their previous residence or disagree with the results of a prior tax assessment.
In the case of one of our clients, the IRS would only send her documents to her previous residence where she could not attain them.
The IRS offered only two options, to send her documents to her previous residence or access online via her credit card. Our client only had an American Express Credit Card, which the IRS does not take.
Unfortunately, our client could not receive her documents due to this situation. We helped her throughout the entire process so that she could be reconsidered by the IRS due to these unique circumstances.
Everyone has a different story, but you don’t have to go through this alone or feel bogged down by the IRS wait time where you endlessly wait to reach a real human.
Are you not even sure these IRS humans exist?
Don’t worry, we have you covered- reconsideration to the rescue!
Where to Seek Help for Reconsideration
Reconsideration may be the best way for you to resolve your disputed tax liability, or another route may be more appropriate.
Only you, working closely with an experienced tax attorney, can decide which course of action will yield the best result for your unique financial situation.
Reconsideration is coming to the rescue! Contact us today so that you can begin to worry less about this tax mess.