Not surprisingly, attorney fees and related costs are often the largest expense associated with resolving IRS disputes. Luckily, the courts can order the IRS to pay attorney fees and costs in some cases.
Attorneys fees can be awarded even though the matter was resolved at the administrative level without the need for litigation. Costs can be awarded from the earliest of the date of the (1) decision of Appeals, (2) notice of deficiency, or (3) first letter of proposed deficiency that allows the taxpayer an opportunity for review by Appeals. Litigation costs can also be awarded.
These fees can even be awarded for non-attorney tax practitioners who only handle IRS tax disputes at the IRS administrative level.
Attorneys fees and costs include:
To be awarded attorneys fees and costs:
Most tax practitioners do not help clients secure payment for their services directly from the IRS. If you happen to prevail in a dispute with the IRS, it is up to you to know that you may be able to recover attorneys fees and costs from the IRS.
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