Hone Maxwell LLP’s unique experience in public accounting and tax preparation means the team has a comprehensive understanding of every tax situation and problem – including tax controversy matters. HMLLP’s Tax Controversy practice includes attorneys with experience advising and representing clients before federal, state and local taxing authorities and in all federal and state courts where tax disputes are litigated. HMLLP’s Tax Controversy practice provides support and zealous advocacy for individuals and businesses that disagree with taxing authorities’ assessments.

Tax Appeals

Disagreements with the IRS over tax return examination results or other tax liability adjustments can be appealed to an IRS Appeals Office. It is critical that appeal requests be submitted before the deadline and in the proper form. Advanced preparation before discussing and arguing disputed issues with an appeals officer is key to the success of a tax appeal. When matters are resolved at this stage the risk of incurring additional legal fees is reduced.

Tax Court

If a tax controversy can’t be resolved through the appeals process, the matter can be elevated to the United States Tax Court.  Only attorneys admitted to practice before the Tax Court may argue before this court on behalf of clients. Taxpayers should not underestimate the importance of hiring a tax attorney who understands the Tax Court’s unique procedures and requirements and the nuanced tax procedure and controversy process.

United States District Court

When Tax Court is not available, there is always the option to use the standard court procedures and file in U.S. District Court. While this is not a common practice, in the right situation it can be an excellent option.

Tax Controversy Guidance

HMLLP attorneys have extensive experience resolving tax controversy issues for individuals and businesses, providing cost-effective counsel that yields excellent outcomes.

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