Representing Taxpayers Before the IRS and DOR
Sullivan & Worcester hosted a Tax Briefings seminar, "Representing Taxpayers Before the IRS and DOR," on June 22 led by speakers Joseph B. Darby III and Richard L. Jones of Sullivan & Worcester. The speakers examined the "hot button" issues that are the particular focus of IRS and DOR audit scrutiny.
Taxes, as Benjamin Franklin famously noted, are one of the two certainties in life, and where there are taxes there are, inevitably, tax audits. This program examined the complex procedures and high-stakes strategies of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
The topics addressed included:
- The process of tax compliance, from the filing of returns, through the audit and appeals process, and, when a reasonable settlement is not possible, into the world of tax litigation
- How to resolve and settle tax controversies as early and as cost-effectively as possible, including identifying when an appeal or tax litigation are necessary and appropriate
- A review of the efficacy of collection strategies, including offers in compromise, installment payment arrangements, and the opportunities to assert the innocent spouse defense.