The Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. has some news of particular interest to small business owners. The Internal Revenue Service has given small businesses a chance to expedite the audit process with its new Fast Track Settlement program. Under the terms of the program announced by the IRS in November 2013, small business owners can work with their IRS audit attorney to avoid the formal litigation or administrative appeal process. In most cases, the FTS program means that audit issues are taken care of within 60 days.
The Fast Track Settlement program is modeled on a program that has previously existed for medium-sized and large-sized businesses with more than $10 million in annual income. A pilot version of the program started in 2006 and was expanded in 2008 and the IRS is now extending it to all small business owners.
It’s important to keep in mind that the Fast Track Settlement program doesn’t guarantee a positive resolution to your dispute which is why you’ll still want to hire IRS tax attorneys who understand the regulations to fight on your behalf. But what this program offers is to speed up the entire process, saving small businesses from potentially lengthy and costly litigation.
Although the Fast Track Settlement is presided over by an IRS appeals officer who is supposed to be acting as a “neutral party”, that Appeals Officer will not be able to provide you with any guidance or advice. Because of this, it’s a good idea to work with an experienced San Diego tax lawyer with the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. to represent you during this phase of the process.