Monterey, CA Taxation Attorney Manages IRS Disputes
Effective representation from audit to appeal to tax court or District Court litigation
Few things in life are more stressful than a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. To the average taxpayer, the IRS seems like an impersonal, monolithic bureaucracy that acts as judge, jury and executioner. Apprehension over dealing with the IRS can lead to inaction and delays that compound your tax problems. However, an experienced tax lawyer who understands the inner workings of the IRS can calmly assess your tax liability and guide you toward a swift, fair resolution. For more than 40 years, the Law Offices of William A. Brandwein has helped anxious taxpayers resolve contentious disputes with the IRS on appeal and in the U.S. Tax Court or U.S. District Court. While no tax attorney can guarantee results, we work hard to take the pain out of the process while providing the best available result under your circumstances.
Dispute resolution from an experienced U.S. Tax Court attorney
Our firm handles IRS disputes at all stages:
- Audit — The IRS contests your return and demands to look at your books. An audit initially may be for one tax year, but may uncover discrepancies that prompt an extension of the audit to three or five years of your finances. While accountants generally handle audits, it’s sometimes helpful to have an experienced attorney involved, especially if the auditors want to expand the scope of the audit.
- Appeal — After an audit or a letter from the IRS revising your tax assessment, you have the right to appeal. Appeals generally take place over the phone and involve intricate negotiations. Our firm works with IRS appeals officers to secure a favorable determination.
- Litigation — Issues not resolved on appeal may proceed to the U.S. Tax Court or U.S. District Court. Our firm has tried numerous cases involving allegations of felony income tax evasion. We’ve also gone to court to defend the use of personal and business tax deductions.
Most tax lawyers do not go to tax court; they only give advice and manage appeals. However the Law Offices of William A. Brandwein has extensive experience in the U.S. Tax Court or Federal District Court trying civil and criminal tax cases. If you have a serious tax dispute, take advantage of our expertise.
What enforcement powers does the IRS have?
There are two types of IRS disputes: civil and criminal. Civil disputes occur when the IRS believes a taxpayer has acted in good faith but has made mistakes in reporting income or has claimed deductions he’s not entitled to under the law. If the IRS makes its case for a correction of the tax owed, the taxpayer is on the hook for the additional tax, plus penalties for not paying on time and interest on the amount owed. The IRS will accept a lump-sum payment, or may offer a payment plan. In some cases, the IRS may take aggressive collection steps, such as:
- Seizure of assets — The IRS can withdraw funds from bank accounts and other financial instruments
- Garnishing wages — The IRS can require your employer to withhold a portion of your pay and send it directly to them
- Tax liens — The IRS can encumber your real and personal property until you pay back taxes
The Law Offices of William A. Brandwein helps clients negotiate their amount owed and obtain relief from harsh collection measures. In some cases, clients may be eligible for penalty abatements.
What are the criminal penalties for tax fraud?
Tax evasion or tax fraud involves a deliberate failure to file or an attempt to misrepresent facts to avoid paying taxes on income. Federal statutes allows prison sentences ranging from one to multiple years, fines and restitution’s, plus the costs of prosecution.
Contact an experienced U.S. Tax Court attorney in Monterey, California, for your IRS dispute
The Law Offices of William A. Brandwein represents clients in IRS audits, appeals and civil and criminal tax litigation in the U.S. Tax Court. For capable management of your IRS dispute, call our Monterey office at 831-372-3266 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.