Legal Guidance For Appealing An Offer In Compromise
Following a rejection of an offer in compromise (OIC) by the IRS, taxpayers have 30 days to request an appeal of the IRS’s decision. It is critical that the appeal carefully address all of the issues to be raised because the appeals officer is prohibited from addressing issues not raised in the appeal.
You should also have an accomplished tax lawyer file the appeal as well as negotiate the offer in compromise, as it can sometimes be very difficult to reach a great result. Likewise, an appeals officer will not seriously consider an offer submitted by an attorney who has a bad reputation or an appeal submitted by a “mill operation” that has the reputation of doing sloppy work and incomplete analysis, and that has repeatedly left out various items on the financial statements.
OIC Appeals By The Numbers
According to the IRS Data Book (the IRS’s yearly statistical publication), as recently as 2013 fewer than 10,000 OIC appeals were received by the appeals arm of the IRS. Considering that the OIC acceptance rate in that year was at just 42 percent, the fact that so few people chose to file an appeal shows how futile many people believe an appeal to be.
Custom-Tailored Service From An Experienced Tax Controversy Attorney
At the Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard, we do not find these statistics discouraging. Instead, we use them as motivation to work even harder toward helping our clients obtain the tax relief they need. This has allowed us to obtain many significant successes in complex OIC appeals involving a wide range of individual and business taxpayers. Further, we enjoy a favorable reputation with the IRS office and its appeals officers, which goes a long way to obtaining a great result. We are not met with skepticism as is often the case with disreputable firms.
Should an OIC appeal be in your best interests and we pursue the appeal on your behalf, you can rest assured that your case is in the most capable of hands. Whether you have worked with us from the initial filing of an OIC application or are coming to our firm after having an OIC request denied, you will work directly with firm founder Rob Leonard. Mr. Leonard is both an attorney and a CPA (inactive), and his dual licensure gives him the added insight necessary to build as powerful a case as possible.
This personal service also allows you to know that you are more than just a name and a number to us; we recognize that this is an especially stressful time in your life, and we want to give you the attention, answers and proven representation you deserve.
Contact Us For Trusted Advice With IRS Rejected Offers In Compromise
To schedule a free consultation with attorney Rob Leonard, contact us at 818-485-2115. You may also contact us online. Conveniently located in Woodland Hills, we are equipped to serve clients in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and other California communities, as well as throughout the United States.