04 / 05 / 12

Common Myths About the IRS: Once the IRS Makes a Decision, There's No Fighting it

You have the power as an individual taxpayer to appeal almost any decision made by the IRS. In fact, you can appeal audit findings, penalties and interest, rejected offers-in-compromise, liens, seizures, garnishments and other collection actions.

However, according to the IRS, appeals is not for you if:

  1. Your only concern is that you cannot afford to pay the amount you owe
  2. The correspondence you received from the IRS was a bill and there was no mention of Appeals.

So in these two instances, an appeal would be a premature action to take. If you are concerned you cannot afford to pay the tax you owe, there are channels to go through before you would begin the appeal process.