IRS Collection Appeal Plunge – See How To Handle

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If you have had an unfavorable decision regarding your IRS collection case, an IRS Collection Appeal may be the appropriate procedure to present your dispute.

You may appeal many IRS collection actions to the IRS Office of Appeals (Appeals). This office can be used to appeal threatened levies and liens, denials of installment agreements, and denied offers to compromise one’s tax.

Appeals is separate from and independent of the IRS Collection office that initiated the collection action. Appeals ensures and protects its independence by adhering to a strict policy of prohibiting certain ex parte communications with the IRS Collection office or other IRS offices, such as discussions regarding the strengths or weaknesses of your case.

Effective representation that understands the processes and tools available for an IRS Collection Appeal is critical to successful resolution of your tax problems.

A number of options are available for IRS collection appeal including:

Collection Appeals Program (CAP)

The Collection Appeals Program (CAP) can be a quick option for an IRS Collection Appeal and is available for a broad range of collection disputes. Some of the more common uses of the collection appeals program is to appeal the denial or termination of an installment agreement request. However, one downside is that if you disagree with the IRS Appeals decision, you can’t go to Tax Court.

The CAP is available if you have received one of the following IRS notices:

  • Before or after the IRS files a Notice of Federal Tax Lien
  • Before or after the IRS levies or seizes your property
  • Termination, or proposed termination, of an installment agreement
  • Rejection of an installment agreement
  • Modification, or proposed modification, of an installment agreement

The CAP procedure varies depending on whether your only collection contact has been a notice or telephone call or if you have already been in contact with a Revenue Officer.

Collection Due Process (CDP)

The Collection Due Process (CDP) is another option for an IRS Collection Appeal and can be a more lengthy process as compared to the Collection Appeals Program.

The CDP is available if you have received one of the following IRS notices:

  • Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing and Your Right to a Hearing under IRC 6320
  • Final Notice – Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing
  • Notice of Jeopardy Levy and Right of Appeal
  • Notice of Levy on Your State Tax Refund – Notice of Your Right to a Hearing
  • Post Levy Collection Due Process (CDP) Notice

If you have an unfavorable decision with the Collection Due Process appeal, you may be able to take your case to Tax Court. You have 30 days to request a Collection Due Process hearing to preserve your right to go to court.

How To Request A CDP Or Equivalent Hearing With The Office Of Appeals

Complete Form 12153, Request for a Collection Due Process
or Equivalent Hearing , or other written request with the same information and send it to the address shown on your lien or levy notice. To request an equivalent hearing, you must check the Equivalent Hearing box on line 7 of Form 12153, or if you don’t use Form 12153 write that you want an equivalent hearing if the CDP hearing request is late.

Offer In Compromise (OIC)

An offer in compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate option for an IRS Collection Appeal if you can’t pay your full tax liability, or doing so creates a financial hardship. The IRS will consider your case based on your unique set of facts and circumstances:

  • Ability to pay
  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Asset equity

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