Oxnard, CA Tax Litigation Attorney
Many tax professionals strictly provide bookkeeping, accounting, or tax planning services. At the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing, not only are we skilled CPAs – we are also proven and seasoned trial attorneys who have successfully appealed numerous IRS decisions. Lead tax attorney David W. Klasing, a former public auditor with more than a decade of experience, leverages his invaluable firsthand knowledge of IRS procedures and regulations. Additionally, as a dually certified attorney-CPA, Mr. Klasing possesses the legal insights only a tax lawyer can bring to court, such as issues regarding various filing procedures and statues of limitations.
With inside knowledge of the IRS, extensive legal and tax experience, and support from an award-winning team of diligent and dedicated tax professionals, Mr. Klasing provides an unparalleled level of service to clients throughout Oxnard. If you need assistance with a tax appeal or lawsuit against the IRS, the Oxnard tax attorneys at the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing are here to provide the guidance you need to increase your odds of success.
About IRS Tax Litigation
Every year, approximately one million returns are audited by the IRS. Perhaps unsurprisingly, thousands of taxpayers get into subsequent disputes with the IRS. Often, these disputes arise when a tax audit produces an outcome that the taxpayer does not expect and strongly disagrees with. For example, when an IRS audit concludes, the auditor may determine that the taxpayer owes thousands or even millions of dollars in unpaid federal income taxes. The same taxpayer may also owe substantial interest on the unpaid taxes. The IRS may also decide to impose penalties, bringing the taxpayer’s total liability even higher. If remedies such as mediation fail to resolve the disagreement, the taxpayer can litigate the issue by filing an appeal. However, because the appeals process is so complex, taxpayers are strongly advised not to proceed until they have obtained the services of a trusted tax litigation attorney, like the Oxnard IRS tax lawyers at the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing.
Filing a Deficiency Suit or Refund Claim Against the IRS
There are two basic types of tax issues that can be successfully litigated: deficiency actions, and refund actions. In a deficiency action, the taxpayer is effectively suing to dispute a supposed “tax deficiency,” which is the difference between the amount paid and the amount the IRS has determined is owed by the taxpayer. By comparison, the object of a refund action is to demonstrate that the taxpayer has overpaid his or her estimated taxes, and is therefore entitled to a refund from the IRS. Overall, deficiency actions are more common than refund actions.
A detailed overview of the requirements to litigate a deficiency action in Tax Court is available here, including an explanation of where and when the petition must be filed. However, to provide a brief summary, taxpayers file suit in Tax Court in Washington, D.C. within 90 days of the date supplied on the taxpayer’s IRS Notice of Deficiency, which is also known as a “90-day letter” for this reason. As is true of most types of lawsuits, the vast majority of deficiency actions are ultimately settled outside of court, though exceptions occasionally arise.
Our Oxnard, CA Tax Litigation Lawyers Can Help You Sue the IRS
Tax litigation is an exceptionally complex area that lies at the intersection where court procedures, IRS protocols, federal tax laws, taxpayer rights, and financial regulations meet. If you believe you could have a claim against the IRS – whether because you disagree with IRS audit results, or because you believe you are entitled to a tax refund – it is in your best interests to discuss the situation with a seasoned IRS litigation attorney. At the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing, we bring more than 20 years of experience to every case we handle, approaching each claim with insider perspective and outside-the-box thinking.
Contact us online today to arrange a reduced-rate tax consultation or call our Oxnard tax office at (805) 617-4566 for immediate assistance. Please note all meetings at our Oxnard location must be scheduled in advance.
Tax Litigation FAQs
For tax litigation help, you should talk to an attorney about your situation. However, the following tax litigation FAQs may help to provide you with general information:
- Do interest and penalties stop while my tax appeal is pending?
- How does the appeals process normally conclude?
- How long until the IRS Appeals Office hears my protest?
- What discovery methods apply in federal tax litigation?
- Which federal court should I litigate my tax issue in?
- Who can represent a taxpayer in the Tax Court?
- Who has the burden of proof in tax litigation?
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