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Contesting IRS Levies

Paying Taxes

Every year the number of tax levies increase because US taxpayers fail to question the accuracy of a tax notice. Congressional investigations have proven that the IRS makes the worst mistakes when it comes to issuing a tax bill, and yet thousands of U.S. taxpayers are unaware they can fight IRS levies.

The most common IRS tax cases involve individual taxpayers and small business owners. Why is this class of taxpayers targeted? It is easier to issue IRS levies on those who will not contest a tax levy.

Why Everyone Should Question a Tax Levy

The majority of levy notices issued by the internal revenue service are computer generated. More than one-third of those notices contain mistakes, and are not that difficult to resolve; however, the IRS will not take the time to review their work, nor will they explain how to contest their collection actions.

While the Internal Revenue Service has improved the time it takes to process tax returns, their performance certainly is questionable. In a report to Congress, The Government Accountability Office (GAO) pointed out the deficiencies in IRS internal controls, which has led to a high rate of mistakes on taxpayer bills. To add insult to injury, the IRS does not review or acknowledge their mistakes unless the taxpayer provides proof to the contrary, and even then it is difficult for taxpayers to protest.

Tax Attorney Secrets

Experts have the power to contest tax levies. The tax code provides procedural protections for taxpayers threatened with collection actions.

Taxpayers are typically not well-versed in the tax code, and therefore fail to convince the IRS to forgo IRS levies. The best defense is to allow an expert tax attorney to review prior tax files, and meet with IRS officials in order to point out the errors. Even when the IRS is correct about a tax bill, there are ways to eliminate fines and penalties just by contesting some of the procedures they followed.

When All Else Fails

Keep in mind tax attorney’s deal with the IRS on a daily basis, and when a taxpayer owes back tax, tax attorneys can convince the IRS a levy could be uneconomical. This may delay enforced collections, and keep the IRS at bay.

It will always be in your best interest to consult a tax attorney, and allow more experienced professionals to review your case. IRS levies can be appealed, and in many cases eliminated.

Every year the number of tax levies increase because US taxpayers fail to question the accuracy of a tax notice. Congressional investigations have proven that the IRS makes the worst mistakes when it comes to issuing a tax bill, and yet thousands of U.S. taxpayers are unaware they can fight IRS levies.

Sarasota Tax Attorney Mary E. King helps Florida Tax Payers resolve their tax problems.

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