Tax controversy services

Help resolve tax disputes, handle IRS exams and state audits and reduce your tax, penalty and interest exposure

Our experienced team can help you resolve tax controversies quickly

With increased examination efforts by federal and state authorities, tax controversy services are in high demand. The IRS is specifically focusing on examination of businesses, high-net-worth individuals, large partnerships and international transactions. IRS controversy matters are usually complex, urgent and unpleasant for taxpayers. RSM’s tax controversy group is able to address the most pressing tax controversy situations by providing solutions managed by highly experienced and knowledgeable tax professionals. RSM tax controversy professionals are former IRS attorneys, revenue agents, or international examiners. The breadth of experience and specialized knowledge that our tax professionals can provide in resolving tax controversies allows RSM to provide the best and timely solutions that are possible under various circumstances.

RSM’s tax controversy group is a part of its Washington National Tax practice staffed with subject matter experts in various areas of tax law (state and local tax, international tax, corporate, credits and incentives, excise tax, income tax and accounting, partnership tax and compensation & benefits). The tax controversy professionals work collaboratively when the IRS is examining certain issues. Putting the best resources to address clients’ tax controversy problems allows us to provide the highest quality of service to our clients.

We understand the importance of being heard and we make sure that we listen and fully understand our clients’ concerns.  We work together to get the best resolution possible.

Some of the federal tax controversy services we provide include: 

  • Audit readiness, evaluation of the soft areas on the tax return and ways to address those areas to avoid penalties

  • Support during IRS, state and local examinations

  • Representation before the IRS Independent Office of Appeals 

  • Penalty prevention and abatement

  • Interest computation and claims for abatement

  • Assistance with Refund Claims and Appeal of the Denial of the Refund Claims

  • Collection Due Process hearings and preparation 

  • Entity issues such as entity classification election and late entity classification elections or EIN retention after merger

  • Confirmation of S status and other types of IRS elections and filing requirements

  • Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures 

  • Alternative dispute resolution issues such Fast Track Settlements/Mediations, Appeals Settlements and Post Appeals Mediations

  • IRS voluntary disclosure processes

We can help with issues in all tax areas

No one does more in resolving tax controversies than RSM. Here’s how:

RSM can help minimize tax risk in your return by utilizing pre-filing resolution programs tailored to your situation. By resolving issues prior to a traditional IRS examination, you often achieve better results in less time.

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