Good records are the best tax shelter. Give quality time to making sure they are complete, hopefully assuring a focused, expeditious audit, and positive results. The typical civil tax case involves two primary issues: How much do I owe and how much will I have to pay? A tax case may involve any number of events and considerations. The following are some of the matters we may address in tax cases. Please call if you have questions.
Types of taxes: Income tax – Payroll/employment tax – Estate tax - Business & Occupation (gross receipts)tax – Sales tax – Exise Tax
Audits-Examinations/Criminal Investigations: Civil and criminal procedures; Taxpayer and government rights and responsibilities; Obtaining and protecting information; Summonses – subpoenas; Agreements impacting audit coverage; Civil and Trust Fund Recovery Penalty assessments.
Special Defenses/remedies: Voluntary disclosure of tax problems to avoid or limit consequences; Innocent spouse defenses; Knowledge and intent issues; Disabilities; Constitutional privileges; managerial review of employee conduct and conclusions; Bankruptcy.
Administrative Appeals: IRS and state appeals offices; Petitions/Protests ; managerial reviews.
Litigation: US Tax Court; US Court of Federal Claims; Jury trials in federal district courts;Thurston Cty. Superior Court and/or State Board of Tax Appeals.
Collection: Communication and intimidation issues; Financial reports; Payment plans; Tax liens; Property seizures – levies and garnishments; bankruptcy remedies.
Settlements: Agency authority to settle; IRS offers in compromise; Criminal plea bargains; Interest and penalty reductions/waivers.
Refunds: Refund claims; Appeal to federal district courts and state courts.