The taxpayer can apply for legal fees in the Tax Court. The taxpayer has the right to seek compensation from the Tax Court for compensation for attorneys' fees and costs spent on successful tax appeals against the IRS. However, there are several prerequisites that the taxpayer must meet before being entitled to the award of legal fees. If the taxpayer does not strictly comply with the prerequisites, the Tax Court will deny legal fees.
In practice, it is difficult for taxpayers to receive legal fees. When an Appeals employee leaves a voice message, it will include personally identifying information, such as their name, position, license plate number, and contact information. However, Wiles noted that it's important for taxpayers and professionals to be prepared, to understand that they can't just come in and improvise, thinking that the appeals officer or the conciliation officer will divide the difference between them and Collection, or between them and the Exam. On the fast track, there's a neutral appeals officer who hasn't been involved in the case, and the exam is involved and the taxpayer is involved, said Wiles, from PwC.
At that time, the IRS referred the case to IRS Appeals, which is common practice after a case is filed in the Tax Court and the matter had not previously been submitted to Appeals. Internal Revenue Commissioner, the taxpayer did not appeal the IRS appeals when he had the opportunity to do so. If the taxpayer does not decide to refer the case to appeals on time, the IRS will issue the Notice of Statutory Deficiency, also called a 90-day letter, and will give the taxpayer the right to challenge the tax assessment before the Tax Court. During your appeal, the appeals officer or conciliation officer will discuss with you the facts of your case and how the law applies to these facts.
If you receive a notice from the IRS and your case qualifies for an appeal, the notice will explain your appeal rights. That alone is a good reason for tax professionals to use the appeals process, according to Sarah Ingram, director of the IRS appeals unit. Despite an overwhelmingly favorable outcome for the taxpayer, the Tax Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied the taxpayer's request to pay legal fees. Recently, in the case of unfiled review or collection appeals, the entire process, from the time your case is received in Appeals to the time it is resolved or closed in Appeals, lasts an average of 7 or 8 months.
During the call, the appeals officer will provide you with your name, identification number, and contact information, including your telephone number, email fax, and email address. We provide taxpayers with a significant opportunity to be heard, regardless of their educational or economic level, background, or English language proficiency.