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What can you expect from an appeal to the IRS?

You do not have to agree with every decision that the IRS makes. The IRS can make mistakes; many people who file appeals against the IRS win their cases.

If you want to file an appeal, it helps to know what to expect.

What to do during the appeals process

The appeals process may be informal for you. If you qualify for an appeal, the IRS will set up a conference with you to try to settle the appeal out of the court system. This is an informal conference where agents will respectfully explain your rights and hear your arguments.

During the appeals process, you have an opportunity to state why you disagree with the IRS and to explain the facts of your case. You may also present documents that back up your case. If you choose to submit information without first showing it to the auditor or revenue officer, you may have to wait until the appropriate parties can review the information before continuing forward with the process.

How to argue during the appeals process

There are off-limits arguments when you appeal a decision by the IRS. First, you cannot dispute a decision based on moral or religious arguments. Do not bring up subjective arguments or arguments that cannot apply to all people, regardless of religious affiliation. Likewise, you cannot dispute an action due to political affiliation or conscientious objections. Base your arguments solely on tax law.

When you file an appeal, it is difficult to determine how long the appeal will take. Appeals vary from person to person.