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Filing state tax free Publication 556 - Main Content Table of Contents Examination of ReturnsIf Your Return Is Examined Interest Netting Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS Abatement of Interest for Individuals Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters or Military or Terrorist Actions Offer in Compromise Appeal RightsAppeal Within the IRS Appeals to the Courts Refund or Credit of Overpayments Before Final Determination Claims for RefundTime for Filing a Claim for Refund Limit on Amount of Refund Processing Claims for Refund Reduced Refund How To Get Tax Help Examination of Returns Your return may be examined for a variety of reasons, and the examination may take place in any one of several ways. Filing state tax free After the examination, if any changes to your tax are proposed, you can either agree with those changes and pay any additional tax you may owe, or you can disagree with the changes and appeal the decision. Filing state tax free Examination selection criteria. Filing state tax free   Your return may be selected for examination on the basis of computer scoring. Filing state tax free A computer program called the Discriminant Inventory Function System (DIF) assigns a numeric score to each individual and some corporate tax returns after they have been processed. Filing state tax free If your return is selected because of a high score under the DIF system, the potential is high that an examination of your return will result in a change to your income tax liability. Filing state tax free   Your return may also be selected for examination on the basis of information received from third-party documentation, such as Forms 1099 and W-2, that does not match the information reported on your return. Filing state tax free Or, your return may be selected to address both the questionable treatment of an item and to study the behavior of similar taxpayers (a market segment) in handling a tax issue. Filing state tax free   In addition, your return may be selected as a result of information received from other sources on potential noncompliance with the tax laws or inaccurate filing. Filing state tax free This information can come from a number of sources, including newspapers, public records, and individuals. Filing state tax free The information is evaluated for reliability and accuracy before it is used as the basis of an examination or investigation. Filing state tax free Notice of IRS contact of third parties. Filing state tax free    The IRS must give you reasonable notice before contacting other persons about your tax matters. Filing state tax free You must be given reasonable notice in advance that, in examining or collecting your tax liability, the IRS may contact third parties such as your neighbors, banks, employers, or employees. Filing state tax free The IRS must also give you notice of specific contacts by providing you with a record of persons contacted on both a periodic basis and upon your request. Filing state tax free    This provision does not apply: To any pending criminal investigation, When providing notice would jeopardize collection of any tax liability, Where providing notice may result in reprisal against any person, or When you authorized the contact. Filing state tax free Taxpayer Advocate Service. Filing state tax free   The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS whose goal is to help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS. Filing state tax free If you have an ongoing issue with the IRS that has not been resolved through normal processes, or your problems with the IRS are causing financial difficulty, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Filing state tax free    Before contacting the Taxpayer Advocate Service, you should first discuss any problem with a supervisor. Filing state tax free Your local Taxpayer Advocate will assist you if you are unable to resolve the problem with the supervisor. Filing state tax free   For more information, see Publication 1546. Filing state tax free See How To Get Tax Help , near the end of this publication, for more information about contacting the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Filing state tax free Comments from small business. Filing state tax free    The Small Business and Agricultural Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness Boards have been established to receive comments from small business about federal agency enforcement actions. Filing state tax free The Ombudsman will annually evaluate the enforcement activities of each agency and rate their responsiveness to small business. Filing state tax free If you wish to comment on the enforcement actions of the IRS, you can take any of the following steps. Filing state tax free Fax your comments to 1-202-481-5719. Filing state tax free Write to the following address: Office of the National Ombudsman U. Filing state tax free S. Filing state tax free Small Business Administration 409 3rd Street, SW Washington, DC 20416 Call 1-888-734-3247. Filing state tax free Send an email to ombudsman@sba. Filing state tax free gov. Filing state tax free File a comment or complaint online at www. Filing state tax free sba. Filing state tax free gov/ombudsman. Filing state tax free If Your Return Is Examined Some examinations are handled entirely by mail. Filing state tax free Examinations not handled by mail can take place in your home, your place of business, an Internal Revenue office, or the office of your authorized representative. Filing state tax free If the time, place, or method is not convenient for you, the examiner will try to work out something more suitable. Filing state tax free However, the IRS makes the final determination of when, where, and how the examination will take place. Filing state tax free Throughout the examination, you can act on your own behalf or have someone represent you or accompany you. Filing state tax free If you filed a joint return, either you or your spouse, or both, can meet with the IRS. Filing state tax free The person representing you can be any federally authorized practitioner, including an attorney, a certified public accountant, an enrolled agent (a person enrolled to practice before the IRS), an enrolled actuary, or the person who prepared the return and signed it as the preparer. Filing state tax free If you want someone to represent you in your absence, you must furnish that person with proper written authorization. Filing state tax free You can use Form 2848 or any other properly written authorization. Filing state tax free If you want to consult with an attorney, a certified public accountant, an enrolled agent, or any other person permitted to represent a taxpayer during an interview for examining a tax return or collecting tax, you should make arrangements with that person to be available for the interview. Filing state tax free In most cases, the IRS must suspend the interview and reschedule it. Filing state tax free The IRS cannot suspend the interview if you are there because of an administrative summons. Filing state tax free Third party authorization. Filing state tax free   If you checked the box in the signature area of your income tax return (Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ) to allow the IRS to discuss your return with another person (a third party designee), this authorization does not replace Form 2848. Filing state tax free The box you checked on your return only authorizes the other person to receive information about the processing of your return and the status of your refund during the period your return is being processed. Filing state tax free For more information, see the instructions for your return. Filing state tax free Confidentiality privilege. Filing state tax free   Generally, the same confidentiality protection that you have with an attorney also applies to certain communications that you have with federally authorized practitioners. Filing state tax free   Confidential communications are those that: Advise you on tax matters within the scope of the practitioner's authority to practice before the IRS, Would be confidential between an attorney and you, and Relate to noncriminal tax matters before the IRS, or Relate to noncriminal tax proceedings brought in federal court by or against the United States. Filing state tax free   In the case of communications in connection with the promotion of a person's participation in a tax shelter, the confidentiality privilege does not apply to written communications between a federally authorized practitioner and that person, any director, officer, employee, agent, or representative of that person, or any other person holding a capital or profits interest in that person. Filing state tax free   A tax shelter is any entity, plan, or arrangement, a significant purpose of which is the avoidance or evasion of income tax. Filing state tax free Recordings. Filing state tax free    You can make an audio recording of the examination interview. Filing state tax free Your request to record the interview should be made in writing. Filing state tax free You must notify the examiner 10 days in advance and bring your own recording equipment. Filing state tax free The IRS also can record an interview. Filing state tax free If the IRS initiates the recording, you must be notified 10 days in advance and you can get a copy of the recording at your expense. Filing state tax free Transfers to another area. Filing state tax free    Generally, your return is examined in the area where you live. Filing state tax free But if your return can be examined more quickly and conveniently in another area, such as where your books and records are located, you can ask to have the case transferred to that area. Filing state tax free Repeat examinations. Filing state tax free    The IRS tries to avoid repeat examinations of the same items, but sometimes this happens. Filing state tax free If your tax return was examined for the same items in either of the 2 previous years and no change was proposed to your tax liability, please contact the IRS as soon as possible to see if the examination should be discontinued. Filing state tax free The Examination An examination usually begins when you are notified that your return has been selected. Filing state tax free The IRS will tell you which records you will need. Filing state tax free The examination can proceed more easily if you gather your records before any interview. Filing state tax free Any proposed changes to your return will be explained to you or your authorized representative. Filing state tax free It is important that you understand the reasons for any proposed changes. Filing state tax free You should not hesitate to ask about anything that is unclear to you. Filing state tax free The IRS must follow the tax laws set forth by Congress in the Internal Revenue Code. Filing state tax free The IRS also follows Treasury Regulations, other rules, and procedures that were written to administer the tax laws and court decisions. Filing state tax free However, the IRS can lose cases that involve taxpayers with the same issue and still apply its interpretation of the law to your situation. Filing state tax free Most taxpayers agree to changes proposed by examiners, and the examinations are closed at this level. Filing state tax free If you do not agree, you can appeal any proposed change by following the procedures provided to you by the IRS. Filing state tax free A more complete discussion of appeal rights is found later under Appeal Rights . Filing state tax free If You Agree If you agree with the proposed changes, you can sign an agreement form and pay any additional tax you may owe. Filing state tax free You must pay interest on any additional tax. Filing state tax free If you pay when you sign the agreement, the interest is generally figured from the due date of your return (excluding any extension of time to file) to the date of your payment. Filing state tax free If you do not pay the additional tax when you sign the agreement, you will receive a bill that includes interest. Filing state tax free If you pay the amount due within 10 business days of the billing date, you will not have to pay more interest or penalties. Filing state tax free This period is extended to 21 calendar days if the amount due is less than $100,000. Filing state tax free If you are due a refund, you will receive it sooner if you sign the agreement form. Filing state tax free You will be paid interest on the refund. Filing state tax free If the IRS accepts your tax return as filed, you will receive a letter in a few weeks stating that the examiner proposed no changes to your return. Filing state tax free You should keep this letter with your tax records. Filing state tax free If You Do Not Agree If you do not agree with the proposed changes, the examiner will explain your appeal rights. Filing state tax free If your examination takes place in an IRS office, you can request an immediate meeting with the examiner's supervisor to explain your position. Filing state tax free If an agreement is reached, your case will be closed. Filing state tax free If you cannot reach an agreement with the supervisor at this meeting, or if the examination took place outside of an IRS office, the examiner will write up your case explaining your position and the IRS's position. Filing state tax free The examiner will forward your case for processing. Filing state tax free Fast track mediation. Filing state tax free   The IRS offers fast track mediation services to help taxpayers resolve many disputes resulting from: Examinations (audits), Offers in compromise, Trust fund recovery penalties, and Other collection actions. Filing state tax free   Most cases that are not docketed in any court qualify for fast track mediation. Filing state tax free Mediation can take place at a conference you request with a supervisor, or later. Filing state tax free The process involves an Appeals Officer who has been trained in mediation. Filing state tax free You may represent yourself at the mediation session, or someone else can act as your representative. Filing state tax free For more information, see Publication 3605. Filing state tax free 30-day letter and 90-day letter. Filing state tax free   Within a few weeks after your closing conference with the examiner and/or supervisor, you will receive a package with: A letter (known as a 30-day letter) notifying you of your right to appeal the proposed changes within 30 days, A copy of the examination report explaining the examiner's proposed changes, An agreement or waiver form, and A copy of Publication 5. Filing state tax free You generally have 30 days from the date of the 30-day letter to tell the IRS whether you will accept or appeal the proposed changes. Filing state tax free The letter will explain what steps you should take, depending on which action you choose. Filing state tax free Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Filing state tax free Appeal Rights are explained later. Filing state tax free 90-day letter. Filing state tax free   If you do not respond to the 30-day letter, or if you later do not reach an agreement with an Appeals Officer, the IRS will send you a 90-day letter, which is also known as a notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free You will have 90 days (150 days if it is addressed to you outside the United States) from the date of this notice to file a petition with the Tax Court. Filing state tax free Filing a petition with the Tax Court is discussed later under Appeals to the Courts and Tax Court . Filing state tax free The notice will show the 90th (or 150th) day by which you must file your petition with the Tax Court. Filing state tax free Suspension of interest and penalties. Filing state tax free   Generally, the IRS has 3 years from the date you filed your return (or the date the return was due, if later) to assess any additional tax. Filing state tax free However, if you file your return timely (including extensions), interest and certain penalties will be suspended if the IRS does not mail a notice to you, stating your liability and the basis for that liability, within a 36-month period beginning on the later of: The date on which you filed your tax return, or The due date (without extensions) of your tax return. Filing state tax free If the IRS mails a notice after the 36-month period, interest and certain penalties applicable to the suspension period will be suspended. Filing state tax free   The suspension period begins the day after the close of the 36-month period and ends 21 days after the IRS mails a notice to you stating your liability and the basis for that liability. Filing state tax free Also, the suspension period applies separately to each notice stating your liability and the basis for that liability received by you. Filing state tax free    The suspension does not apply to a: Failure-to-pay penalty, Fraudulent tax return, Penalty, interest, addition to tax, or additional amount with respect to any tax liability shown on your return or with respect to any gross misstatement, Penalty, interest, addition to tax, or additional amount with respect to any reportable transaction that is not adequately disclosed or any listed transaction, or Criminal penalty. Filing state tax free Seeking relief from improperly assessed interest. Filing state tax free   You can seek relief if interest is assessed for periods during which interest should have been suspended because the IRS did not mail a notice to you in a timely manner. Filing state tax free   If you believe that interest was assessed with respect to a period during which interest should have been suspended, submit Form 843, writing “Section 6404(g) Notification” at the top of the form, with the IRS Service Center where you filed your return. Filing state tax free The IRS will review the Form 843 and notify you whether interest will be abated. Filing state tax free If the IRS does not abate interest, you can pay the disputed interest assessment and file a claim for refund. Filing state tax free If your claim is denied or not acted upon within 6 months from the date you filed it, you can file suit for a refund in your United States District Court or in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Filing state tax free   If you believe that an IRS officer or employee has made an unreasonable error or delay in performing a ministerial or managerial act (discussed later under Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS ), file Form 843 with the IRS Service Center where you filed the tax return. Filing state tax free If the IRS denies your claim, the Tax Court may be able to review that determination. Filing state tax free See Tax Court can review failure to abate interest later under Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS . Filing state tax free If you later agree. Filing state tax free    If you agree with the examiner's changes after receiving the examination report or the 30-day letter, sign and return either the examination report or the waiver form. Filing state tax free Keep a copy for your records. Filing state tax free You can pay any additional amount you owe without waiting for a bill. Filing state tax free Include interest on the additional tax at the applicable rate. Filing state tax free This interest rate is usually for the period from the due date of the return (excluding any extension of time to file) to the date of payment. Filing state tax free The examiner can tell you the interest rate(s) or help you figure the amount. Filing state tax free   You must pay interest on penalties and additions to tax for failing to file returns, for overstating valuations, for understating valuations on estate and gift tax returns, and for substantially understating tax liability. Filing state tax free Interest is generally figured from the date (including extensions) the tax return is required to be filed to the date you pay the penalty and/or additions to tax. Filing state tax free   If you pay the amount due within 10 business days after the date of notice and demand for immediate payment, you will not have to pay any additional penalties and interest. Filing state tax free This period is extended to 21 calendar days if the amount due is less than $100,000. Filing state tax free How To Stop Interest From Accruing If you think that you will owe additional tax at the end of the examination, you can stop the further accrual of interest by sending money to the IRS to cover all or part of the amount you think you will owe. Filing state tax free Interest on part or all of any amount you owe will stop accruing on the date the IRS receives your money. Filing state tax free You can send an amount either in the form of a deposit in the nature of a cash bond or as a payment of tax. Filing state tax free Both a deposit and a payment stop any further accrual of interest. Filing state tax free However, making a deposit or payment will stop the accrual of interest on only the amount you sent. Filing state tax free Because of compounding rules, interest will continue to accrue on accrued interest, even though you have paid the underlying tax. Filing state tax free To stop the accrual of interest on both tax and interest, you must make a deposit or payment for both the tax and interest that has accrued as of the date of deposit or payment. Filing state tax free Payment or Deposit Deposits differ from payments in two ways: You can have all or part of your deposit returned to you without filing for a refund. Filing state tax free However, if you request and receive your deposit and the IRS later assesses a deficiency for that period and type of tax, interest will be figured as if the funds were never on deposit. Filing state tax free Also, your deposit will not be returned if one of the following situations applies: The IRS assesses a tax liability. Filing state tax free The IRS determines that, by returning the deposit, it may not be able to collect a future deficiency. Filing state tax free The IRS determines that the deposit should be applied against another tax liability. Filing state tax free Deposits returned to you will include interest based on the Federal short-term rate determined under section 6621(b). Filing state tax free The deposit returned will be treated as a tax payment to the extent of the disputed tax. Filing state tax free A disputed tax means the amount of tax specified at the time of deposit as a reasonable estimate of the maximum amount of any tax owed by you, such as the deficiency proposed in the 30-day letter. Filing state tax free Notice not mailed. Filing state tax free    If you send money before the IRS mails you a notice of deficiency, you can ask the IRS to treat it as a deposit. Filing state tax free You must make your request in writing. Filing state tax free   If, after being notified of a proposed liability but before the IRS mails you a notice of deficiency, you send an amount large enough to cover the proposed liability, it will be considered a payment unless you request in writing that it be treated as a deposit. Filing state tax free Keep copies of all correspondence you send to the IRS. Filing state tax free   If the amount you send is at least as much as the proposed liability and you do not request that it be treated as a deposit, the IRS will not send you a notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free If you do not receive a notice of deficiency, you cannot take your case to the Tax Court. Filing state tax free See Tax Court , later under Appeal Rights . Filing state tax free Notice mailed. Filing state tax free    If, after the IRS mails the notice of deficiency, you send money without written instructions, it will be treated as a payment. Filing state tax free You will still be able to petition the Tax Court. Filing state tax free   If you send money after receiving a notice of deficiency and you have specified in writing that it is a “deposit in the nature of a cash bond,” the IRS will treat it as a deposit if you send it before either: The close of the 90-day or 150-day period for filing a petition with the Tax Court to appeal the deficiency, or The date the Tax Court decision is final, if you have filed a petition. Filing state tax free Using a Deposit To Pay the Tax If you agree with the examiner's proposed changes after the examination, your deposit will be applied against any amount you may owe. Filing state tax free The IRS will not mail you a notice of deficiency and you will not have the right to take your case to the Tax Court. Filing state tax free If you do not agree to the full amount of the deficiency after the examination, the IRS will mail you a notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free Your deposit will be applied against the proposed deficiency unless you write to the IRS before the end of the 90-day or 150-day period stating that you still want the money to be treated as a deposit. Filing state tax free You will still have the right to take your case to the Tax Court. Filing state tax free Installment Agreement Request You can request a monthly installment plan if you cannot pay the full amount you owe. Filing state tax free To be valid, your request must be approved by the IRS. Filing state tax free However, if you owe $10,000 or less in tax and you meet certain other criteria, the IRS must accept your request. Filing state tax free Before you request an installment agreement, you should consider other less costly alternatives, such as a bank loan. Filing state tax free You will continue to be charged interest and penalties on the amount you owe until it is paid in full. Filing state tax free Unless your income is below a certain level, the fee for an approved installment agreement has increased to $105 ($52 if you make your payments by electronic funds withdrawal). Filing state tax free If your income is below a certain level, you may qualify to pay a reduced fee of $43. Filing state tax free For more information about installment agreements, see Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. Filing state tax free Interest Netting If you owe interest to the IRS on an underpayment for the same period the IRS owes you interest on an overpayment, the IRS will figure interest on the underpayment and overpayment at the same interest rate (up to the amount of the overpayment). Filing state tax free As a result, the net rate is zero for that period. Filing state tax free Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS The IRS may abate (reduce) the amount of interest you owe if the interest is due to an unreasonable error or delay by an IRS officer or employee in performing a ministerial or managerial act (discussed later). Filing state tax free Only the amount of interest on income, estate, gift, generation-skipping, and certain excise taxes can be reduced. Filing state tax free The amount of interest will not be reduced if you or anyone related to you contributed significantly to the error or delay. Filing state tax free Also, the interest will be reduced only if the error or delay happened after the IRS contacted you in writing about the deficiency or payment on which the interest is based. Filing state tax free An audit notification letter is such a contact. Filing state tax free The IRS cannot reduce the amount of interest due to a general administrative decision, such as a decision on how to organize the processing of tax returns. Filing state tax free Ministerial act. Filing state tax free    This is a procedural or mechanical act, not involving the exercise of judgment or discretion, during the processing of a case after all prerequisites (for example, conferences and review by supervisors) have taken place. Filing state tax free A decision concerning the proper application of federal tax law (or other federal or state law) is not a ministerial act. Filing state tax free Example 1. Filing state tax free You move from one state to another before the IRS selects your tax return for examination. Filing state tax free A letter stating that your return has been selected is sent to your old address and then forwarded to your new address. Filing state tax free When you get the letter, you respond with a request that the examination be transferred to the area office closest to your new address. Filing state tax free The examination group manager approves your request. Filing state tax free After your request has been approved, the transfer is a ministerial act. Filing state tax free The IRS can reduce the interest because of any unreasonable delay in transferring the case. Filing state tax free Example 2. Filing state tax free An examination of your return reveals tax due for which a notice of deficiency (90-day letter) will be issued. Filing state tax free After you and the IRS discuss the issues, the notice is prepared and reviewed. Filing state tax free After the review process, issuing the notice of deficiency is a ministerial act. Filing state tax free If there is an unreasonable delay in sending the notice of deficiency to you, the IRS can reduce the interest resulting from the delay. Filing state tax free Managerial act. Filing state tax free    This is an administrative act during the processing of a case that involves the loss of records or the exercise of judgment or discretion concerning the management of personnel. Filing state tax free A decision concerning the proper application of federal tax law (or other federal or state law) is not a managerial act. Filing state tax free Example. Filing state tax free A revenue agent is examining your tax return. Filing state tax free During the middle of the examination, the agent is sent to an extended training course. Filing state tax free The agent's supervisor decides not to reassign your case, so the work is unreasonably delayed until the agent returns. Filing state tax free Interest from the unreasonable delay can be abated since both the decision to send the agent to the training class and not to reassign the case are managerial acts. Filing state tax free How to request abatement of interest. Filing state tax free    You request an abatement (reduction) of interest on Form 843. Filing state tax free You should file the claim with the IRS Service Center where you filed the tax return that was affected by the error or delay. Filing state tax free   If you have already paid the interest and you would like a credit or refund of interest paid, you must file Form 843 within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the interest, whichever is later. Filing state tax free If you have not paid any of the interest, these time limitations for filing Form 843 do not apply. Filing state tax free   Generally, you should file a separate Form 843 for each tax period and each type of tax. Filing state tax free However, complete only one Form 843 if the interest is from an IRS error or delay that affected your tax for more than one tax period or for more than one type of tax (for example, where 2 or more tax years were being examined). Filing state tax free   If your request for abatement of interest is denied, you can appeal the decision to the IRS Appeals Office. Filing state tax free Tax Court can review failure to abate interest. Filing state tax free    The Tax Court can review the IRS's refusal to abate (reduce) interest if all of the following requirements are met: You filed a request for abatement of interest (Form 843) with the IRS after July 30,1996. Filing state tax free The IRS has mailed you a notice of final determination or a notice of disallowance. Filing state tax free You file a petition with the Tax Court within 180 days of the mailing of the notice of final determination or the notice of disallowance. Filing state tax free   The following requirements must also be met: For individual and estate taxpayers — your net worth must not exceed $2 million as of the filing date of your petition for review. Filing state tax free For this purpose, individuals filing a joint return shall be treated as separate individuals. Filing state tax free For charities and certain cooperatives — you must not have more than 500 employees as of the filing date of your petition for review. Filing state tax free For all other taxpayers — your net worth must not exceed $7 million, and you must not have more than 500 employees as of the filing date of your petition for review. Filing state tax free Abatement of Interest for Individuals Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters or Military or Terrorist Actions If you are (or were) affected by a Presidentially declared disaster occurring after 1996 or a terrorist or military action occurring after September 10, 2001, the IRS may abate (reduce) the amount of interest you owe on certain taxes. Filing state tax free The IRS may abate interest for the period of any additional time to file or pay that the IRS provides on account of the disaster or the terrorist or military action. Filing state tax free The IRS will issue a notice or news release indicating who are affected taxpayers and stating the period of relief. Filing state tax free If you are eligible for relief from interest, but were charged interest for the period of relief, the IRS may retroactively abate your interest. Filing state tax free To the extent possible, the IRS can take the following actions: Make appropriate adjustments to your account. Filing state tax free Notify you when the adjustments are made. Filing state tax free Refund any interest paid by you where appropriate. Filing state tax free For more information on disaster area losses, see Disaster Area Losses in Publication 547. Filing state tax free For more information on other tax relief for victims of terrorist attacks, see Publication 3920. Filing state tax free Offer in Compromise In certain circumstances, the IRS will allow you to pay less than the full amount you owe. Filing state tax free If you think you may qualify, you should submit your offer by filing Form 656, Offer in Compromise. Filing state tax free The IRS may accept your offer for any of the following reasons: There is doubt about the amount you owe (or whether you owe it). Filing state tax free There is doubt as to whether you can pay the amount you owe based on your financial situation. Filing state tax free An economic hardship would result if you had to pay the full amount owed. Filing state tax free Your case presents compelling reasons that the IRS determines are a sufficient basis for compromise. Filing state tax free If your offer is rejected, you have 30 days to ask the Appeals Office of the IRS to reconsider your offer. Filing state tax free The IRS offers fast track mediation services to help taxpayers resolve many issues including a dispute regarding an offer in compromise. Filing state tax free For more information, see Publication 3605. Filing state tax free Generally, if you submit an offer in compromise, the IRS will delay certain collection activities. Filing state tax free The IRS usually will not levy (take) your property to settle your tax bill during the following periods: While the IRS is evaluating your offer in compromise. Filing state tax free The 30 days immediately after the offer is rejected. Filing state tax free While your timely-filed appeal is being considered by Appeals. Filing state tax free Also, if the IRS rejects your original offer and you submit a revised offer within 30 days of the rejection, the IRS generally will not levy your property while it considers your revised offer. Filing state tax free For more information about submitting an offer in compromise, see Form 656. Filing state tax free Appeal Rights Because people sometimes disagree on tax matters, the IRS has an appeals system. Filing state tax free Most differences can be settled within this system without expensive and time-consuming court trials. Filing state tax free However, your reasons for disagreeing must come within the scope of the tax laws. Filing state tax free For example, you cannot appeal your case based only on moral, religious, political, constitutional, conscientious, or similar grounds. Filing state tax free In most instances, you may be eligible to take your case to court if you do not reach an agreement at your appeals conference, or if you do not want to appeal your case to the IRS Office of Appeals. Filing state tax free See Appeals to the Courts , later, for more information. Filing state tax free Appeal Within the IRS You can appeal an IRS tax decision to a local Appeals Office, which is separate from and independent of the IRS office taking the action you disagree with. Filing state tax free The Appeals Office is the only level of appeal within the IRS. Filing state tax free Conferences with Appeals Office personnel are held in an informal manner by correspondence, by telephone, or at a personal conference. Filing state tax free If you want an appeals conference, follow the instructions in the letter you received. Filing state tax free Your request will be sent to the Appeals Office to arrange a conference at a convenient time and place. Filing state tax free You or your representative should be prepared to discuss all disputed issues at the conference. Filing state tax free Most differences are settled at this level. Filing state tax free If agreement is not reached at your appeals conference, you may be eligible to take your case to court. Filing state tax free See Appeals to the Courts , later. Filing state tax free Protests and Small Case Requests When you request an Appeals conference, you may also need to file either a formal written protest or a small case request with the office named in the letter you received. Filing state tax free Also, see the special appeal request procedures in Publication 1660. Filing state tax free Written protest. Filing state tax free   You need to file a written protest in the following cases: All employee plan and exempt organization cases without regard to the dollar amount at issue. Filing state tax free All partnership and S corporation cases without regard to the dollar amount at issue. Filing state tax free All other cases, unless you qualify for the small case request procedure, or other special appeal procedures such as requesting Appeals consideration of liens, levies, seizures, or installment agreements. Filing state tax free   If you must submit a written protest, see the instructions in Publication 5 about the information you need to provide. Filing state tax free The IRS urges you to provide as much information as you can, as it will help speed up your appeal. Filing state tax free That will save you both time and money. Filing state tax free    Be sure to send the protest within the time limit specified in the letter you received. Filing state tax free Small case request. Filing state tax free   If the total amount for any tax period is not more than $25,000, you may make a small case request instead of filing a formal written protest. Filing state tax free In figuring the total amount, include a proposed increase or decrease in tax (including penalties), or claimed refund. Filing state tax free If you are making an offer in compromise, include total unpaid tax, penalty, and interest due. Filing state tax free For a small case request, follow the instructions in our letter to you by sending a letter: Requesting Appeals consideration, Indicating the changes you do not agree with, and Indicating the reasons why you do not agree. Filing state tax free Representation You can represent yourself at your appeals conference, or you can be represented by any federally authorized practitioner, including an attorney, a certified public accountant, an enrolled actuary, or an enrolled agent. Filing state tax free If your representative attends a conference without you, he or she can receive or inspect confidential information only if you have filed a power of attorney or a tax information authorization. Filing state tax free You can use a Form 2848 or any other properly written power of attorney or authorization. Filing state tax free You can also bring witnesses to support your position. Filing state tax free Confidentiality privilege. Filing state tax free   Generally, the same confidentiality protection that you have with an attorney also applies to certain communications that you have with federally authorized practitioners. Filing state tax free See Confidentiality privilege under If Your Return Is Examined , earlier. Filing state tax free Appeals to the Courts If you and the IRS still disagree after the appeals conference, you may be entitled to take your case to the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, or a United States District Court. Filing state tax free These courts are independent of the IRS. Filing state tax free If you elect to bypass the IRS's appeals system, you may be able to take your case to one of the courts listed above. Filing state tax free However, a case petitioned to the United States Tax Court will normally be considered for settlement by an Appeals Officer before the Tax Court hears the case. Filing state tax free If you unreasonably fail to pursue the IRS's appeals system, or if your case is intended primarily to cause a delay, or your position is frivolous or groundless, the Tax Court may impose a penalty of up to $25,000. Filing state tax free See Appeal Within the IRS, earlier. Filing state tax free Prohibition on requests to taxpayers to give up rights to bring civil action. Filing state tax free   The Government cannot ask you to waive your right to sue the United States or a Government officer or employee for any action taken in connection with the tax laws. Filing state tax free However, your right to sue can be waived if: You knowingly and voluntarily waive that right, The request to waive that right is made in writing to your attorney or other federally authorized practitioner, or The request is made in person and your attorney or other representative is present. Filing state tax free Burden of proof. Filing state tax free   For court proceedings resulting from examinations started after July 22, 1998, the IRS generally has the burden of proof for any factual issue if you have met the following requirements: You introduced credible evidence relating to the issue. Filing state tax free You complied with all substantiation requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. Filing state tax free You maintained all records required by the Internal Revenue Code. Filing state tax free You cooperated with all reasonable requests by the IRS for information regarding the preparation and related tax treatment of any item reported on your tax return. Filing state tax free You had a net worth of $7 million or less and not more than 500 employees at the time your tax liability is contested in any court proceeding if your tax return is for a corporation, partnership, or trust. Filing state tax free    The burden of proof does not change on an issue when another provision of the tax laws requires a specific burden of proof with respect to that issue. Filing state tax free Use of statistical information. Filing state tax free   In the case of an individual, the IRS has the burden of proof in court proceedings based on any IRS reconstruction of income solely through the use of statistical information on unrelated taxpayers. Filing state tax free Penalties. Filing state tax free   The IRS has the burden of initially producing evidence in court proceedings with respect to the liability of any individual taxpayer for any penalty, addition to tax, or additional amount imposed by the tax laws. Filing state tax free Recovering litigation or administrative costs. Filing state tax free   These are the expenses that you pay to defend your position to the IRS or the courts. Filing state tax free You may be able to recover reasonable litigation or administrative costs if all of the following conditions apply: You are the prevailing party. Filing state tax free You exhaust all administrative remedies within the IRS. Filing state tax free Your net worth is below a certain limit (see Net worth requirements , later). Filing state tax free You do not unreasonably delay the proceeding. Filing state tax free You apply for administrative costs within 90 days of the date on which the final decision of the IRS Office of Appeals as to the determination of the tax, interest, or penalty was mailed to you. Filing state tax free You apply for litigation costs within the time frames provided by Tax Court Rule 231, found at http://www. Filing state tax free ustaxcourt. Filing state tax free gov  www. Filing state tax free ustaxcourt. Filing state tax free gov . Filing state tax free   Prevailing party, reasonable litigation costs, and reasonable administrative costs are explained later. Filing state tax free Note. Filing state tax free If the IRS denies your award of administrative costs, and you want to appeal, you must petition the Tax Court within 90 days of the date on which the IRS mails the denial notice. Filing state tax free Prevailing party. Filing state tax free   Generally, you are the prevailing party if: You substantially prevail with respect to the amount in controversy or on the most significant tax issue or set of issues in question, and You meet the net worth requirements, discussed later. Filing state tax free   You will not be treated as the prevailing party if the United States establishes that its position was substantially justified. Filing state tax free The position of the United States is presumed not to be substantially justified if the IRS: Did not follow its applicable published guidance (such as regulations, revenue rulings, notices, announcements, private letter rulings, technical advice memoranda, and determination letters issued to the taxpayer) in the proceeding (This presumption can be overcome by evidence. Filing state tax free ), or Has lost in courts of appeal for other circuits on substantially similar issues. Filing state tax free   The court will generally decide who is the prevailing party. Filing state tax free Reasonable litigation costs. Filing state tax free   These include the following costs: Reasonable court costs. Filing state tax free The reasonable costs of studies, analyses, engineering reports, tests, or projects found by the court to be necessary for the preparation of your case. Filing state tax free The reasonable costs of expert witnesses. Filing state tax free Attorney fees that generally may not exceed $125 maximum hourly rate as set by statute and indexed for inflation. Filing state tax free See Attorney fees , later. Filing state tax free Reasonable administrative costs. Filing state tax free   These include the following costs: Any administrative fees or similar charges imposed by the IRS. Filing state tax free The reasonable costs of studies, analyses, engineering reports, tests, or projects. Filing state tax free The reasonable costs of expert witnesses. Filing state tax free Attorney fees that generally may not exceed $125 per hour. Filing state tax free See Attorney fees , later. Filing state tax free Timing of costs. Filing state tax free    Administrative costs can be awarded for costs incurred after the earliest of: The date the first letter of proposed deficiency is sent that allows you an opportunity to request administrative review in the IRS Office of Appeals, The date you receive notice of the IRS Office of Appeals' decision, or The date of the notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free Net worth requirements. Filing state tax free   An individual taxpayer may be able to recover litigation or administrative costs if the following requirements are met: For individuals — your net worth does not exceed $2 million as of the filing date of your petition for review. Filing state tax free For this purpose, individuals filing a joint return are treated as separate individuals. Filing state tax free For estates — your net worth does not exceed $2 million as of the date of the decedent's death. Filing state tax free For charities and certain cooperatives — you do not have more than 500 employees as of the filing date of your petition for review. Filing state tax free For all other taxpayers — as of the filing date of your petition for review, your net worth does not exceed $7 million, and you must not have more than 500 employees. Filing state tax free Qualified offer rule. Filing state tax free    You can also receive reasonable costs and fees and be treated as a prevailing party in a civil action or proceeding if: You make a qualified offer to the IRS to settle your case, The IRS does not accept that offer, and The tax liability (not including interest, unless interest is at issue) later determined by the court is equal to or less than the amount of your qualified offer. Filing state tax free You must also meet the remaining requirements, including the exhaustion of administrative remedies and the net worth requirement, discussed earlier, to get the benefit of the qualified offer rule. Filing state tax free Qualified offer. Filing state tax free    This is a written offer made by you during the qualified offer period. Filing state tax free It must specify both the offered amount of your liability (not including interest) and that it is a qualified offer. Filing state tax free   To be a qualified offer, it must remain open from the date it is made until the earliest of: The date it is rejected, The date the trial begins, or 90 days from the date it is made. Filing state tax free Qualified offer period. Filing state tax free    This period begins on the day the IRS mails you the first letter of proposed deficiency that allows you to request review by the IRS Office of Appeals. Filing state tax free It ends 30 days before your case is first set for trial. Filing state tax free Attorney fees. Filing state tax free   Attorney fees generally may not exceed $125 maximum hourly rate as set by statute and indexed for inflation. Filing state tax free However, this amount can be higher in certain limited circumstances depending on the level of difficulty of the issues in the case and the local availability of tax expertise. Filing state tax free See IRS. Filing state tax free gov for more information. Filing state tax free    Attorney fees include the fees paid by a taxpayer for the services of anyone who is authorized to practice before the Tax Court or before the IRS. Filing state tax free In addition, attorney fees can be awarded in civil actions for unauthorized inspection or disclosure of a taxpayer's return or return information. Filing state tax free   Fees can be awarded in excess of the actual amount charged if: You are represented for no fee, or for a nominal fee, as a pro bono service, and The award is paid to your representative or to your representative's employer. Filing state tax free Jurisdiction for determination of employment status. Filing state tax free    The Tax Court can review IRS employment status determinations (for example, whether individuals hired by you are in fact your employees or independent contractors) and the amount of employment tax under such determinations. Filing state tax free Tax Court review can take place only if, in connection with an audit of any person, there is a controversy involving a determination by the IRS that either: One or more individuals performing services for that person are employees of that person, or That person is not entitled to relief under Section 530(a) of the Revenue Act of 1978 (discussed later). Filing state tax free   The following rules also apply to a Tax Court review of employment status: A Tax Court petition to review these determinations can be filed only by the person for whom the services are performed, If you receive a Notice of Determination by certified or registered mail, you must file a petition for Tax Court review within 90 days of the date of mailing that notice (150 days if the notice is addressed to you outside the United States), If during the Tax Court proceeding, you begin to treat as an employee an individual whose employment status is at issue, the Tax Court will not consider that change in its decision, Assessment and collection of tax is suspended while the Tax Court review is taking place, Payment of the asserted employment tax deficiency is not required to petition the U. Filing state tax free S. Filing state tax free Tax Court for a determination of employment status. Filing state tax free There can be a de novo review by the Tax Court (a review which does not consider IRS administrative findings), and At your request and with the Tax Court's agreement, small tax case procedures (discussed later) are available to simplify the case resolution process when the amount at issue (including additions to tax and penalties) is $50,000 or less for each tax period involved. Filing state tax free   For further information, see Publication 3953, Questions and Answers About Tax Court Proceedings for Determination of Employment Status Under IRC Section 7436. Filing state tax free Section 530(a) of the Revenue Act of 1978. Filing state tax free   This section relieves an employer of certain employment tax responsibilities for individuals not treated as employees. Filing state tax free It also provides relief to taxpayers under audit or involved in administrative or judicial proceedings. Filing state tax free Tax Court review of request for relief from joint and several liability on a joint return. Filing state tax free    As discussed later, at Relief from joint and several liability on a joint return under Claims for Refund, you can request relief from liability for tax you owe, plus related penalties and interest, that you believe should be paid by your spouse (or former spouse). Filing state tax free You also can petition (ask) the Tax Court to review your request for innocent spouse relief or separation of liability if either: The IRS sends you a determination notice denying, in whole or in part, your request, or You do not receive a determination notice from the IRS within 6 months from the date you file Form 8857. Filing state tax free   If you receive a determination notice, you must petition the Tax Court to review your request during the 90-day period that begins on the date the IRS mails the notice. Filing state tax free See Publication 971 for more information. Filing state tax free Note. Filing state tax free Your spouse or former spouse may file a written protest and request an Appeals conference to protest your claim of innocent spouse relief or separation of liability. Filing state tax free See Rev. Filing state tax free Proc. Filing state tax free 2003-19, which is on page 371 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2003-5 at  www. Filing state tax free irs. Filing state tax free gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb03-05. Filing state tax free pdf. Filing state tax free Tax Court You can take your case to the United States Tax Court if you disagree with the IRS over: Income tax, Estate tax, Gift tax, Employment tax involving IRS employment status determinations, or Certain excise taxes of private foundations, public charities, qualified pension and other retirement plans, or real estate investment trusts. Filing state tax free For information on Tax Court review of a determination of employment status, see Jurisdiction for determination of employment status, earlier. Filing state tax free For information on Tax Court review of an IRS refusal to abate interest, see Tax Court can review failure to abate interest, earlier under Examination of Returns. Filing state tax free For information on Tax Court review of Appeals determinations with respect to lien notices and proposed levies, see Publication 1660. Filing state tax free You cannot take your case to the Tax Court before the IRS sends you a notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free You can only appeal your case if you file a petition within 90 days from the date the notice is mailed to you (150 days if it is addressed to you outside the United States). Filing state tax free The notice will show the 90th (or 150th) day by which you must file your petition with the Tax Court. Filing state tax free Withdrawal of notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free If you consent, the IRS can withdraw a notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free A notice of deficiency may be rescinded if the notice was issued as a result of an administrative error; the taxpayer submits information establishing the actual tax due is less than the amount shown in the notice; the taxpayer specifically requests a conference with the appropriate Appeals office for the purpose of entering into settlement negotiations. Filing state tax free However, the notice may be rescinded only if the appropriate Appeals office first decides that the case is susceptible to agreement. Filing state tax free See Revenue Procedure 98-54 for a more detailed explanation of the requirements. Filing state tax free Once withdrawn, the limits on credits, refunds, and assessments concerning the notice are void, and you and the IRS have the rights and obligations that you had before the notice was issued. Filing state tax free The suspension of any time limitation while the notice of deficiency was issued will not change when the notice is withdrawn. Filing state tax free After the notice is withdrawn, you cannot file a petition with the Tax Court based on the notice. Filing state tax free Also, the IRS can later issue a notice of deficiency in a greater or lesser amount than the amount in the withdrawn deficiency. Filing state tax free Generally, the Tax Court hears cases before any tax has been assessed and paid; however, you can pay the tax after the notice of deficiency has been issued and still petition the Tax Court for review. Filing state tax free If you do not file your petition on time, the proposed tax will be assessed, a bill will be sent, and you will not be able to take your case to the Tax Court. Filing state tax free Under the law, you must pay the tax within 21 days (10 business days if the amount is $100,000 or more). Filing state tax free Collection can proceed even if you think that the amount is excessive. Filing state tax free Publication 594 explains IRS collection procedures. Filing state tax free If you filed your petition on time, the court will schedule your case for trial at a location convenient to you. Filing state tax free You can represent yourself before the Tax Court or you can be represented by anyone admitted to practice before that court. Filing state tax free Small tax case procedure. Filing state tax free   If the amount in your case is $50,000 or less for any 1 tax year or period, you can request that your case be handled under the small tax case procedure. Filing state tax free If the Tax Court approves, you can present your case to the Tax Court for a decision that is final and that you cannot appeal. Filing state tax free You can get more information regarding the small tax case procedure and other Tax Court matters from the United States Tax Court, 400 Second Street, N. Filing state tax free W. Filing state tax free , Washington, DC 20217. Filing state tax free More information can be found on the Tax Court's website at www. Filing state tax free ustaxcourt. Filing state tax free gov. Filing state tax free Motion to request redetermination of interest. Filing state tax free   In certain cases, you can file a motion asking the Tax Court to redetermine the amount of interest on either an underpayment or an overpayment. Filing state tax free You can do this only in a situation that meets all of the following requirements: The IRS has assessed a deficiency that was determined by the Tax Court. Filing state tax free The assessment included interest. Filing state tax free You have paid the entire amount of the deficiency plus the interest claimed by the IRS. Filing state tax free The Tax Court has found that you made an overpayment. Filing state tax free You must file the motion within one year after the decision of the Tax Court becomes final. Filing state tax free District Court and Court of Federal Claims Generally, the District Courts and the Court of Federal Claims hear tax cases only after you have paid the entire tax and penalties, and filed a claim for a credit or refund. Filing state tax free The taxpayer may litigate certain types of employment tax cases in either the United States District Court or the United States Court of Federal Claims. Filing state tax free Before taxpayers can initiate suit in either of these courts with respect to certain employment taxes, they will have to pay, at a minimum, the employment tax assessment attributable to one employee for any one quarter and file a claim for refund of the tax. Filing state tax free Once the claim for refund is denied or 6 months elapse without any action by the IRS, the taxpayer may initiate suit. Filing state tax free As explained later under Claims for Refund, you can file a claim with the IRS for a credit or refund if you think that the tax you paid is incorrect or excessive. Filing state tax free If your claim is totally or partially disallowed by the IRS, you should receive a notice of claim disallowance. Filing state tax free If the IRS does not act on your claim within 6 months from the date you filed it, you can then file suit for a refund. Filing state tax free You generally must file suit for a credit or refund no later than 2 years after the IRS informs you that your claim has been rejected. Filing state tax free However, you can file suit if it has been 6 months since you filed your claim and the IRS has not yet delivered a decision. Filing state tax free You can file suit for a credit or refund in your United States District Court or in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Filing state tax free However, you cannot appeal to the United States Court of Federal Claims if your claim is for credit or refund of a penalty that relates to promoting an abusive tax shelter or to aiding and abetting the understatement of tax liability on someone else's return. Filing state tax free For information about procedures for filing suit in either court, contact the Clerk of your District Court or of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Filing state tax free Refund or Credit of Overpayments Before Final Determination Any court with proper jurisdiction, including the Tax Court, can order the IRS to refund any part of a tax deficiency that the IRS collects from you during a period when the IRS is not permitted to assess that deficiency, or to levy or engage in any court proceeding to collect that deficiency. Filing state tax free In addition, the court can order a refund of any part of an overpayment determined by the Tax Court that is not at issue on appeal to a higher court. Filing state tax free The court can order these refunds before its decision on the case is final. Filing state tax free Taxpayers should thoroughly review IRS settlement offers before signing a Tax Court Decision document to ensure that all adjustments are correct, including the inclusion of any tax credits that the taxpayer is allowed to claim. Filing state tax free Note. Filing state tax free The court may no longer order a refund of an overpayment after the case is final. Filing state tax free Generally, the IRS is not permitted to take action on a tax deficiency during: The 90-day (or 150-day if outside the United States) period that you have to petition a notice of deficiency to the Tax Court, or The period that the case is under appeal if a bond is provided. Filing state tax free Claims for Refund If you believe you have overpaid your tax, you have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim for a credit or refund. Filing state tax free You can claim a credit or refund by filing Form 1040X. Filing state tax free See Time for Filing a Claim for Refund , later. Filing state tax free File your claim by mailing it to the IRS Service Center where you filed your original return. Filing state tax free File a separate form for each year or period involved. Filing state tax free Include an explanation of each item of income, deduction, or credit on which you are basing your claim. Filing state tax free Corporations should file Form 1120X, Amended U. Filing state tax free S. Filing state tax free Corporation Income Tax Return, or other form appropriate to the type of credit or refund claimed. Filing state tax free See Publication 3920 for information on filing claims for tax forgiveness for individuals affected by terrorist attacks. Filing state tax free Requesting a copy of your tax return. Filing state tax free   You can obtain a copy of the actual return and all attachments you filed with the IRS for an earlier year. Filing state tax free This includes a copy of the Form W-2 or Form 1099 filed with your return. Filing state tax free Use Form 4506 to make your request. Filing state tax free You will be charged a fee, which you must pay when you submit Form 4506. Filing state tax free Requesting a copy of your tax account information. Filing state tax free   Use Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, to request free copies of your tax return transcript, tax account transcript, record of account, verification of nonfiling, or Form W-2, Form 1099 series, Form 1098 series, or Form 5498 series transcript. Filing state tax free The tax return transcript contains most of the line items of a tax return. Filing state tax free A tax account transcript contains information on the financial status of the account, such as payments, penalty assessments, and adjustments. Filing state tax free A record of account is a combination of line item information and later adjustments to the account. Filing state tax free Form W-2, Form 1099 series, Form 1098 series, or Form 5498 series transcript contains data from these information returns. Filing state tax free Penalty for erroneous claim for refund. Filing state tax free   If you claim an excessive amount of tax refund or credit relating to income tax (other than a claim relating to the earned income credit), you may be liable for a penalty of 20% of the amount that is determined to be excessive. Filing state tax free An excessive amount is the amount of the claim for refund or credit that is more than the amount of claim allowable for the tax year. Filing state tax free The penalty may be waived if you can show that you had a reasonable basis for making the claim. Filing state tax free Time for Filing a Claim for Refund Generally, you must file a claim for a credit or refund within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Filing state tax free If you do not file a claim within this period, you may no longer be entitled to a credit or a refund. Filing state tax free If the due date to file a return or a claim for a credit or refund is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, it is filed on time if it is filed on the next business day. Filing state tax free Returns you filed before the due date are considered filed on the due date. Filing state tax free This is true even when the due date is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Filing state tax free Disaster area claims for refund. Filing state tax free   If you live in a Presidentially declared disaster area or are affected by terroristic or military action, the deadline to file a claim for a refund may be postponed. Filing state tax free This section discusses the special rules that apply to Presidentially declared disaster area refunds. Filing state tax free    A Presidentially declared disaster is a disaster that occurred in an area declared by the President to be eligible for federal assistance under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Filing state tax free Postponed refund deadlines. Filing state tax free   The IRS may postpone for up to 1 year the deadlines for filing a claim for refund. Filing state tax free The postponement can be used by taxpayers who are affected by a Presidentially declared disaster. Filing state tax free The IRS may also postpone deadlines for filing income and employment tax returns, paying income and employment taxes, and making contributions to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. Filing state tax free For more information, see Publication 547. Filing state tax free   If any deadline is postponed, the IRS will publicize the postponement in your area and publish a news release, revenue ruling, revenue procedure, notice, announcement, or other guidance in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Filing state tax free A list of the areas eligible for assistance under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act is available at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at www. Filing state tax free fema. Filing state tax free gov and at the IRS website at www. Filing state tax free irs. Filing state tax free gov. Filing state tax free Nonfilers can get refund of overpayments paid within 3-year period. Filing state tax free   The Tax Court can consider taxes paid during the 3-year period preceding the date of a notice of deficiency for determining any refund due to a nonfiler. Filing state tax free This means that if you do not file your return, and you receive a notice of deficiency in the third year after the due date (with extensions) of your return and file suit with the Tax Court to contest the notice of deficiency, you may be able to receive a refund of excessive amounts paid within the 3-year period preceding the date of the notice of deficiency. Filing state tax free The IRS may postpone for up to 1 year certain tax deadlines, including the time for filing claims for refund, for taxpayers who are affected by a terrorist attack occurring after September 10, 2001. Filing state tax free For more information, see Publication 3920. Filing state tax free Claim for refund by estates electing the installment method of payment. Filing state tax free   In certain cases where an estate has elected to make tax payments through the installment method, the executor can file a suit for refund with a U. Filing state tax free S. Filing state tax free District Court or the U. Filing state tax free S. Filing state tax free Court of Federal Claims before all the installment payments have been made. Filing state tax free However, all the following must be true before a suit can be filed: The estate consists largely of an interest in a closely-held business. Filing state tax free All installment payments due on or before the date the suit is filed have been made. Filing state tax free No accelerated installment payments have been made. Filing state tax free No Tax Court case is pending with respect to any estate tax liability. Filing state tax free If a notice of deficiency was issued to the estate regarding its liability for estate tax, the time for petitioning the Tax Court has passed. Filing state tax free No proceeding is pending for a declaratory judgment by the Tax Court on whether the estate is eligible to pay tax in installments. Filing state tax free The executor has not included any previously litigated issues in the current suit for refund. Filing state tax free The executor does not discontinue making installment payments timely, while the court considers the suit for refund. Filing state tax free    If in its final decision on the suit for refund the court redetermines the estate's tax liability, the IRS must refund any part of the estate tax amount that is disallowed. Filing state tax free This includes any part of the disallowed amount previously collected by the IRS. Filing state tax free Protective claim for refund. Filing state tax free   If your right to a refund is contingent on future events and may not be determinable until after the time period for filing a claim for refund expires, you can file a protective claim for refund. Filing state tax free A protective claim can be either a formal claim or an amended return for credit or refund. Filing state tax free Protective claims are often based on current litigation or expected changes in the tax law, other legislation, or regulations. Filing state tax free A protective claim preserves your right to claim a refund when the contingency is resolved. Filing state tax free A protective claim does not have to state a particular dollar amount or demand an immediate refund. Filing state tax free However, to be valid, a protective claim must: Be in writing and be signed, Include your name, address, social security number or individual taxpayer identification number, and other contact information, Identify and describe the contingencies affecting the claim, Clearly alert the IRS to the essential nature of the claim, and Identify the specific year(s) for which a refund is sought. Filing state tax free   Generally, the IRS will delay action on the protective claim until the contingency is resolved. Filing state tax free Once the contingency is resolved, the IRS may obtain additional information necessary to process the claim and then either allow or disallow the claim. Filing state tax free   Mail your protective claim for refund to the address listed in the instructions for Form 1040X, under Where To File. Filing state tax free Exceptions The limits on your claim for refund can be affected by the type of item that forms the basis of your claim. Filing state tax free Special refunds. Filing state tax free   If you file a claim for refund based on one of the items listed below, the limits discussed earlier under Time for Filing a Claim for Refund may not apply. Filing state tax free These special items are: A bad debt, A worthless security, A payment or accrual of foreign tax, A net operating loss carryback, and A carryback of certain tax credits. Filing state tax free   The limits discussed earlier also may not apply if you have signed an agreement to extend the period of assessment of tax. Filing state tax free For information on special rules on filing claims for an individual affected by a terrorist attack, see Publication 3920. Filing state tax free Periods of financial disability. Filing state tax free   If you are an individual (not a corporation or other taxpaying entity), the period of limitations on credits and refunds can be suspended during periods when you cannot manage your financial affairs because of physical or mental impairment that is medically determinable and either: Has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least 12 months, or Can be expected to result in death. Filing state tax free    The period for filing a claim for refund will not be suspended for any time that someone else, such as your spouse or guardian, was authorized to act for you in financial matters. Filing state tax free   To claim financial disability, you generally must submit the following statements with your claim for credit or refund: A written statement signed by a physician, qualified to make the determination, that sets forth: The name and a description of your physical or mental impairment, The physician's medical opinion that your physical or mental impairment prevented you from managing your financial affairs, The physician's medical opinion that your physical or mental impairment was or can be expected to result in death, or that it has lasted (or can be expected to last) for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, and To the best of the physician's knowledge, the specific time period during which you were prevented by such physical or mental impairment from managing your financial affairs, and A written statement by the person signing the claim for credit or refund that no person, including your spouse, was authorized to act on your behalf in financial matters during the period described in paragraph (1)(d) of the physician's statement. Filing state tax free Alternatively, if a person was authorized to act on your behalf in financial matters during any part of the period described in that paragraph, the beginning and ending dates of the period of time the person was so authorized. Filing state tax free    The period of limitations will not be suspended on any claim for refund that (without regard to this provision) was barred as of July 22, 1998. Filing state tax free Limit on Amount of Refund If you file your claim within 3 years after filing your return, the credit or refund cannot be more than the part of the tax paid wi
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CP 297A - Notice of Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing

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Purpose:   We send CP 297A to notify the recipient of our levy and of  their right to a hearing.
Reason for Issuance:   There is a balance due on the recipient's account we've previously asked them to pay. We're sending the notice to inform them the account is still unpaid and to notify them of our levy and of their right to receive appeals consideration.
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The Filing State Tax Free

Filing state tax free Index A Abandonment of home, Abandonment. Filing state tax free Absence, temporary, Temporary absence. Filing state tax free Abstract fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Address, change of, Reminders Adjusted basis, Adjusted Basis, Adjusted Basis Definition of, Determining Basis Worksheet 1 to figure, Determining Basis, Worksheet 1. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 1. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 1 Instructions. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold Adoption Adjusted basis of home for credit claimed, Decreases to Basis Advertising fees, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free Amount realized, Amount Realized Appraisal fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Architect's fees, Construction. Filing state tax free Armed forces Ownership and use tests, Members of the uniformed services or Foreign Service, employees of the intelligence community, or employees or volunteers of the Peace Corps. Filing state tax free Assistance (see Tax help) B Back interest, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Basis Adjusted basis (see Adjusted basis) Determination of, Determining Basis, Adjusted Basis Other than cost, Basis Other Than Cost Building permit fees, Construction. Filing state tax free Business use of home, Business Use or Rental of Home, Use test met for business part (with no business use in year of sale). Filing state tax free C Casualties Amounts spent after to restore damaged property, Increases to Basis Deductible casualty losses, Decreases to Basis Disaster as cause of, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Insurance payments for casualty losses, Decreases to Basis Change of address, Reminders Closing costs, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Commissions, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free , Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Community property Basis determination, Community property. Filing state tax free Condemnation Gain exclusion, Home destroyed or condemned. Filing state tax free Ownership and use test when previous home condemned, Previous home destroyed or condemned. Filing state tax free Condominiums As main home, Main Home Basis determination, Condominium. Filing state tax free Construction costs, Construction. Filing state tax free Built by you, Built by you. Filing state tax free Cooperative apartments As main home, Main Home Basis determination, Cooperative apartment. Filing state tax free Ownership and use tests, Cooperative apartment. Filing state tax free Cost as basis, Cost As Basis Credit reports Cost of obtaining, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free D Date of sale, Date of sale. Filing state tax free Death Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Spouse's death before sale, ownership and use tests, Sale of main home by surviving spouse. Filing state tax free Decreases to basis, Decreases to Basis Depreciation After May 6, 1997, Depreciation after May 6, 1997. Filing state tax free Home used for business or rental purposes, Decreases to Basis Destroyed homes Gain exclusion, Home destroyed or condemned. Filing state tax free Ownership and use test when previous home destroyed, Previous home destroyed or condemned. Filing state tax free Disabilities, individuals with Ownership and use test, Exception for individuals with a disability. Filing state tax free Disasters, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness, Adjusted Basis Divorce Home received from spouse, Home received from spouse. Filing state tax free Home transferred to spouse, Transfer to spouse. Filing state tax free Ownership and use tests, Home transferred from spouse. Filing state tax free Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Transfers after July 18, 1984, Transfers after July 18, 1984. Filing state tax free Transfers before July 19, 1984, Transfers before July 19, 1984. Filing state tax free Use of home after divorce, Use of home after divorce. Filing state tax free Doctor's recommendation for sale, Doctor's recommendation safe harbor. Filing state tax free E Easements, Decreases to Basis Employee of the intelligence community, Employee of the intelligence community. Filing state tax free Employment Change in place of employment, Change in Place of Employment Payment by employer, when job transfer involved, Payment by employer. Filing state tax free Energy Conservation subsidies, Decreases to Basis Credit, Decreases to Basis Exclusion of gain, Excluding the Gain, Nonqualified Use Reduced maximum exclusion, Reduced Maximum Exclusion Expatriates, Expatriates. Filing state tax free F Federal mortgage subsidies Recapture of, Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy Figuring gain or loss, Figuring Gain or Loss, More information. Filing state tax free Fire insurance premiums, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Foreclosure, Foreclosure or repossession. Filing state tax free Foreign Service, Foreign Service member. Filing state tax free Ownership and use tests, Members of the uniformed services or Foreign Service, employees of the intelligence community, or employees or volunteers of the Peace Corps. Filing state tax free Form 1040 Reporting sale of home, Reporting the Sale Seller-financed mortgages, Seller-financed mortgage. Filing state tax free Form 1040, Schedule A Real estate taxes, Real estate taxes. Filing state tax free Form 1040, Schedule D Reporting sale of home, Reporting the Sale Form 1099-S Proceeds from real estate transactions, Date of sale. Filing state tax free , Form 1099-S. Filing state tax free , Form 1099-S. Filing state tax free Form 2119 Sale of home, Adjusted Basis Form 6252 Installment sale income, Installment sale. Filing state tax free Form 8828 Recapture tax, How to figure and report the recapture. Filing state tax free Form 8960 Net Investment Income Tax, Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). Filing state tax free NIIT, Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). Filing state tax free Form 982 Discharge of indebtedness, Adjusted Basis Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. Filing state tax free Future developments, Future Developments G Gain or loss Basis determination, Determining Basis, Adjusted Basis Exclusion of gain, Excluding the Gain Exclusion of gain, nonqualified use, Nonqualified Use Gain on sale, Gain on sale. Filing state tax free Loss on sale, Loss on sale. Filing state tax free Postponed from sale of previous home before May 7, 1997, Decreases to Basis Worksheet 2 to figure, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Completed Example 1 for Amy, Worksheet 1. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 2 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home Gifts Home received as, Home received as gift. Filing state tax free H Health Sale of home due to, Health Help (see Tax help) Homebuyer credit Recapture, Recapture of the post-2008 first-time homebuyer credit. Filing state tax free Houseboats As main home, Main Home I Important reminders Change of address, Reminders Home sold with undeducted points, Reminders Improvements Adjusted basis determination, Improvements. Filing state tax free Charges for, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Receipts and other records, Adjusted Basis Useful life of more than 1 year, Increases to Basis Increases to basis, Increases to Basis Individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs), Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Filing state tax free Inheritance Home received as, Home acquired from a decedent who died before or after 2010. Filing state tax free Installment sales, Installment sale. Filing state tax free Involuntary conversion, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free ITINs (Individual taxpayer identification numbers), Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). Filing state tax free J Joint owners not married, Joint owners not married. Filing state tax free Joint returns, Jointly owned home. Filing state tax free Ownership and use tests, Married Persons L Land Sale of land on which home located, Land. Filing state tax free Sale of vacant land, Vacant land. Filing state tax free Legal fees, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free , Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free , Construction. Filing state tax free Legal separation Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Like-kind exchange, Sale of home acquired in a like-kind exchange. Filing state tax free Living expenses, Reasonable basic living expenses. Filing state tax free Loan assumption fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Loan placement fees, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free Loss (see Gain or loss) M Main home Defined, Main Home Factors used to determine, Factors used to determine main home. Filing state tax free Property used partly as, Property used partly as your main home. Filing state tax free , Property Used Partly for Business or Rental Married taxpayers (see Joint returns) Maximum exclusion, Maximum Exclusion Reduced, Reduced Maximum Exclusion Military (see Armed forces) Missing children, photographs of, Reminders Mobile homes As main home, Main Home More than one home, More than one home. Filing state tax free Mortgage fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Mortgage insurance premiums, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Mortgage subsidies Recapturing (paying back) federal mortgage subsidy, Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy Mortgages, seller-financed, Seller-financed mortgage. Filing state tax free Moving expense, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Multiple births Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free N Nonqualified use, Nonqualified Use Nonresident aliens Spouse as, transfer of home to, Exception. Filing state tax free O Option to buy home, Option to buy. Filing state tax free Ownership and use tests, Ownership and Use Tests, Ownership and use tests met at different times. Filing state tax free P Partly used for business, Property Used Partly for Business or Rental Personal property Selling price of home not to include, Personal property. Filing state tax free Points, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free Home sold with undeducted points, Reminders Seller-paid, Seller-paid points. Filing state tax free Publications (see Tax help) R Real estate taxes, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free , Real estate taxes. Filing state tax free Deducting in year of sale, Deducting Taxes in the Year of Sale Recapture of federal mortgage subsidy, Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy Recapture of first-time homebuyer credit, Recapture of First-Time Homebuyer Credit Recording fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Recordkeeping, Adjusted Basis Reduced maximum exclusion, Reduced Maximum Exclusion Worksheet 3, Worksheet 3. Filing state tax free Reduced Maximum Exclusion Refinancing, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Relatives Sale of home to, Exception for sales to related persons. Filing state tax free Remainder interest Sale of, Sale of remainder interest. Filing state tax free Remodeling, Improvements. Filing state tax free , Exception. Filing state tax free (see also Improvements) Rental of home, Business Use or Rental of Home, Use test met for business part (with no business use in year of sale). Filing state tax free Before closing, by buyer, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Partial use, Property Used Partly for Business or Rental Repairs, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free , Improvements. Filing state tax free , Repairs. Filing state tax free (see also Improvements) Reporting the sale, Reporting the Sale, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White Repossession, Foreclosure or repossession. Filing state tax free Right-of-ways, Decreases to Basis S Safe harbors Distance safe harbor, Distance safe harbor. Filing state tax free Doctor's recommendation for sale, Doctor's recommendation safe harbor. Filing state tax free Unforeseeable events, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Sales commissions, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free , Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Sales to related persons, Exception for sales to related persons. Filing state tax free Self-employed persons Change in status causing inability to pay basic expenses, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Seller-financed mortgages, Seller-financed mortgage. Filing state tax free Seller-paid points, Seller-paid points. Filing state tax free Selling expenses, Selling expenses. Filing state tax free Selling price, Selling Price Separate returns, Separate returns. Filing state tax free Settlement fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Spouse Death of (see Surviving spouse) Divorce, transfers subsequent to (see Divorce) Survey fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Surviving spouse Basis determination, Surviving spouse. Filing state tax free Ownership and use tests, Sale of main home by surviving spouse. Filing state tax free T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Temporary absence, Temporary absence. Filing state tax free Temporary housing, Temporary housing. Filing state tax free Title insurance, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Title search fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Trading homes, Trading (exchanging) homes. Filing state tax free , Home received as trade. Filing state tax free Transfer taxes, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free , Transfer taxes. Filing state tax free Transfer to spouse, Transfer to spouse. Filing state tax free After July 18, 1984, Transfers after July 18, 1984. Filing state tax free Before July 19, 1984, Transfers before July 19, 1984. Filing state tax free TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Unemployment, Specific event safe harbors. Filing state tax free Unforeseen circumstances, Unforeseen Circumstances Uniformed services (see Armed forces) Use tests, Ownership and Use Tests, Ownership and use tests met at different times. Filing state tax free Utilities Charges for installing, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Charges related to occupancy of house before closing, Settlement fees or closing costs. Filing state tax free Energy conservation subsidy, Decreases to Basis Meter and connection charges for construction, Construction. Filing state tax free V Vacant land Sale of, Vacant land. Filing state tax free W Worksheets, Worksheets. Filing state tax free Adjusted basis (Worksheet 1), Determining Basis, Worksheet 1. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 1. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 1 Instructions. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold Gain (or loss), exclusion, and taxable gain (Worksheet 2), Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Completed Example 1 for Amy, Worksheet 1. Filing state tax free Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 2 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 2. Filing state tax free Taxable Gain on Sale of Home Recordkeeping and, Adjusted Basis Reduced maximum exclusion (Worksheet 3), Worksheet 3. Filing state tax free Reduced Maximum Exclusion Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications