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Taxpayers don't have to just accept an IRS decision

Periodically, Massachusetts taxpayers find themselves opening mail that does not bring the good news. Perhaps the IRS made a decision with which an individual does not agree, but the person does not realize that he or she can challenge it. Doing so is number four on the taxpayer bill of rights.

A Massachusetts resident can object to what the IRS does or proposes to do. He or she may also provide additional documentation to the agency to that supports the taxpayer's position. If a clerical or mathematical error was found, he or she has no more than 60 days to contact the IRS and provide documents that counter the agency's contention that an error occurred.

The agency will send them a response, and it may be that it does not agree. The taxpayer will then receive a notice of tax adjustment or tax deficiency. The notice may also come from a challenge raised during an audit. It allows the individual to make a challenge in the U.S. Tax Court within 90 days of the date on the notice. A taxpayer may also challenge a notice of federal tax lien under this right.

It may seem as if exercising this right would be an easy task, but it may actually be much more complex than anticipated. An IRS assessment could end up costing an individual a significant amount of money. Instead of going through this alone, it would more than likely be more beneficial to work with an experienced tax attorney in order to help reach the best possible outcome to the situation.

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