Can IRS Decisions Be Appealed?

As everyone knows, taxes are important as they help finance public service and infrastructure. However, does that mean that IRS decisions are set in stone? In today’s blog we explain whether IRS decisions can be appealed. Keep reading to learn more.

Can IRS Decisions Be Appealed?

If you disagree with a decision made by the IRS, you may be wondering whether you have the right to appeal. The answer is yes, taxpayers have the right to appeal decisions made by the IRS.

According to the IRS, appealing is an option when all the following conditions apply:

  • You received a letter from the IRS explaining your right to appeal the IRS’s decision
  • You do not agree with the IRS’s decision
  • You are not signing an agreement form sent to you

What To Expect When You Appeal a Decision by the IRS

If you want to appeal a decision made by the IRS, the first thing to do is to write a letter to request an appeal and mail it to the IRS address on the letter you received with your appeal rights. 

It is important to use the address on the letter you received, not the general IRS address. By keeping this in mind, you’ll avoid unnecessary delays.

Once your request is with the Appeals section of the IRS, an Appeals officer will get in touch with you within 45 days by mail to schedule an informal conference to review the taxpayer’s situation. You may choose to attend the conference in person, by phone or by video.

If more than 120 days go by after filing your request and you don’t hear from the IRS, you can contact the agency and ask for a status update.

Once the conference takes place, the Appeals officer will discuss your case with you. They will also outline the reasons for their decision as well as your options. Any Appeals conference has three possible outcomes:

  • In the IRS’s favor
  • In the taxpayer’s favor (that is, in your favor)
  • Compromise (for example, the appeals officer may recommend a settlement when you pay only a portion of the taxes you owe)

Wrapping It Up

In conclusion, while it is possible to appeal an IRS decision, it is important to follow the proper procedures and seek professional guidance if necessary. 

By taking the appropriate steps and knowing what the process looks like, you can protect your rights and ensure that your tax issues are resolved in a fair and efficient manner.

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