Michael Lodge, NCPM, CRTP: Many have asked me that if they are being audited and there is a decision made by the IRS auditor, can you appeal it and mediate it? And the answer is yes you can. But it has to be done timely. The IRS has a mediation process within the appeals process, if you have asked for an appeal of your tax audit. From the IRS web site I have provided you with their rules and links to the information you will need. The rules are basically the same as any mediation process, but it is important to understand that as a taxpayer, under audit, going to appeal, you have options to help settle any dispute you may have.
Mediation – also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) - can help you if you have an unresolved issue with the IRS or disagree with an IRS decision or action. It’s informal, confidential and voluntary.
An Appeals officer who is trained in mediation techniques works with you and with the IRS employee assigned to your case. Mediators fulfill their role of helping the parties reach an agreement by:
Mediation may be right for you if:
Mediation works best if you’ve prepared yourself for success. Find out what you can expect
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.