Civil Tax Litigation Attorney Resolving Tax Problems
An IRS audit is usually the first step in a tax controversy matter. If the audit cannot be resolved with the IRS Revenue Agent at the Audit/Examination stage, then the matter will generally proceed to the Appeals Office. An Appeals Officer has more discretion to settle the matter as they can consider the "hazards of litigation" associated with the case. In other words, the Appeals Officer should calculate the possibility of the taxpayer prevailing if the matter went to Tax Court and offer a settlement based upon that possibility.
If the tax matter is not resolved at the Appeals level, then the taxpayer has the right to file a Petition with the United States Tax Court. At this stage the tax issues involved are generally complex and a cost/benefit analysis to determine whether a trial in Tax Court (including the anticipated attorneys fees and costs) is beneficial is usually conducted.
Robert T. Leonard, Esq., CPA, represents businesses and high net-worth individuals at all phases of the audit examination level – from the initial audit to the trial at U.S. Tax Court. The U.S. Tax Court website can provide a list of all the clients' names whereby the attorney had made an appearance.
Before you hire an attorney to represent you in U.S. Tax Court – or even at any stage of an audit examination – you should ask the prospective attorney how many cases he or she has tried in U.S. Tax Court and request that list as proof. Mr. Leonard has made over 100 appearances in U.S. Tax Court over the last several years. A significant number of Mr. Leonard's clients are referred by their trusted advisors, including CPAs, investment advisors and lawyers.
Mr. Leonard specializes in representing businesses and individual taxpayers in complex federal tax matters in courts throughout the United States. If you would like a confidential consultation with Mr. Leonard regarding your tax case, call Mr. Leonard directly at 818-224-7937 to request a consultation.
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If you have been selected for audit examination and want to discuss the best strategies to resolve your tax situation, call Robert T. Leonard directly at the Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard at 818-224-7935 or toll free at 888-408-9486, or fill out the online form on this website for a free, confidential, initial case consultation. We will review your case and your options with their respective benefits and drawbacks, and any alternatives to the legal process that you may have. Our office accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover as payment.