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IRS Appeals #2: Preparing a Request

September 14th

tax appealThe IRS Appeals system is complicated. In addition to being subject to same convoluted tax code that governs all tax law in the United States, Appeals has very specific requirements that make it all the more challenging.

If you decide to bring your case before Appeals in a Conference or Hearing, you need to be prepared. The best thing to do is to hire a qualified tax attorney who can guide you through the process. However, there are other things that can be done to ensure that the process goes smoothly.

Writing the Request

Appeals has very strict regulations that govern requests to appear. Any mistakes on a request can result in a denial for a Hearing and the immediate dismissal of your case. It is therefore extremely important that you make absolutely certain that your request adheres to the guidelines outlined by the IRS.

Interested taxpayers can find the guidelines for filing a request on the original letter mailed by the IRS and in publications found on their website. Specifically, read IRS Publication 5, Your Appeal Rights and How To Prepare a Protest If You Don’t Agree. These documents will tell you specifically how to prepare a request for an appeal. They will also tell you exactly where the request ought to be mailed and the deadline by which it must be in the hands of IRS officials.

In addition, the documents will outline what information needs to be included in a request for appeal. Generally appeals must include the following:

  • Name and Address
  • Statement that you wish to appeal
  • A copy of the original letter from the IRS, which shows the conclusions reached by the IRS and the findings with which you disagree.
  • Tax periods covered
  • A list of the changes with which you don’t agree and reasons why

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