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Resolving Tax Disputes May Become Easier

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Taxpayers facing issues with the IRS may have an easier time resolving disputes with the formation of the new Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Management Office. With a combination of revamping existing programs and initiating new ones, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Management Office’s collaboration with the IRS Business Operating Divisions hopes to offer efficient solutions to taxpayers.

Avoiding litigation is an enticing option for many taxpayers in active disputes with the IRS. However, use of the IRS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution programs has declined in recent years. To help taxpayers avoid costly and lengthy litigation, the IRS aims to make its ADR programs “attractive and accessible” with this initiative. These ADR programs include “Fast Track Settlement, Fast Track Mediation, Rapid Appeals Process and Post-Appeals Mediation”. However, the traditional appeal process will still be available for taxpayers who wish to use it.

As part of its launch announcement, the Alternative Dispute Resolutions Program Management Office officially plans to:

  • “Test ADR programs that allow Appeals to help resolve or mediate disputes earlier in the examination process;

  • Streamline and clarify existing guidance; and

  • Remove barriers to enable easier use of and access to ADR.”

As the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Management Office develops its initiatives and updates existing programs, we will post updates to the XQ CPA blog. In the meantime, if you are facing issues with the IRS, the Taxpayer Advocate Service could assist you. If you need personalized tax advice based on your unique situation, reach out to XQ CPA’s tax team. We are happy to assist our clients in resolving potential compliance issues with the IRS.

Phone: 832-295-3353

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