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Most tax cases settle before going to court, and our firm can help you determine whether going to court would be in your best interests. Our initial goal is to help you avoid litigation where possible. However, if the IRS, Department of Justice, or other agency refuses to agree to a reasonable resolution, litigation may be your best option. In those instances, we will guide you through the entire process with strategic advice and effective legal representation every step of the way.

  • Deal with government personnel on your behalf and respond to information requests or summonses.
  • Negotiate closing agreements and other settlements.
  • Prepare protests and negotiate settlements in the IRS Appeals Office.
  • Choose the proper forum and strategy for tax litigation.
  • Litigate your case in court to conclusion.
Q. I received a Notice of Deficiency. How long do I have to respond?

A. You have 90-days after the Notice of Deficiency is mailed to you to file your Petition with the Tax Court. If you're out of the country, this time may be extended to 150-days.

Q. I missed the 90-day deadline. Will the Court give me an extension?

A. Unfortunately, no. If you file your Petition late, the Tax Court will not hear your case.

Q. When is tax litigation a better option than settlement?

A. Tax litigation may be necessary when the tax debt you owe is too large to settle; there may be irresolvable disputes about the facts; or you and the government may interpret the applicable IRS code differently. Schedule a Consultation with us to determine how we might help with your case. We do not recommend contacting the IRS on your own.

Q. What is the cost of your tax litigation services?

A. Our court representation fees are based on our flex-fee structure, and all costs are pre-approved by you when you decide to hire us. We offer payment plans, if needed, and set our fees so you do not have to worry about unexpected legal bills. There are no surprises, no add-ons. Because every situation is different, we recommend you Schedule a Consultation so we can discuss your case in detail.


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