TAX CONTROVERSY SERVICES – DEFENDING FEDERAL & STATE AUDITS
Too often, taxpayers underestimate the importance of knowing, understanding and controlling the audit process. Having experienced professionals guide the audit process, position you for success and protect your rights is crucial to obtaining the best result possible. alliantNational is a team of experienced tax professionals who can manage your audit and help you close your audit quickly and successfully. Procedural options are available for obtaining the best result. Here are some key considerations for taxpayers who may be faced with a current or future audit:
Audit Planning / Pre-Audit Analysis
It is never too early to prepare for an audit. Taxpayers often make the mistake of waiting until the IRS is on their doorstep to plan for their audit, when it may be entirely too late. For example, examiners today are trained to go far beyond tax returns and workpapers when examining taxpayers. If your corporate document retention policy fails to address the retention of materials necessary to defend an audit, valuable and necessary materials may be destroyed before the examining agent ever gets the case. There are other steps as well that you can take to ensure that proper substantiation is created, events are documented and taxpayer benefits are being maximized. alliantNational has developed a pre-audit Analysis focused on assisting taxpayers in planning for the audit process before you appear on the IRS radar.
What is the IRS agent going to review during your audit? Will it be a Limited Issue Focused Examination (LIFE) audit or a general audit? Managing an audit is more than simply answering IDRs when served. A successful resolution requires proactive and prepared representation that can focus agents on the key issues and push the audit toward a timely and fair conclusion.
Mismanagement and inattention to the audit process often leads to expansion of the audit issues at hand, thereby prolonging of the process and causing more distractions to your business. From the initial meeting with the IRS through the close of the audit, alliantNational diligently handles the daily tasks associated with pushing an audit toward successful resolution, ensuring that you are free to focus your time and efforts on your business.
Substantive and Procedural Knowledge
With a core of more than 70 attorneys and a diverse team of professionals (including CPAs, engineers, chemists, biologists, computer engineers and others) alliantNational can handle any situation encountered in the audit process. Although many CPAs are familiar with the application of the substantive law, additional knowledge and experience applying the numerous procedural mechanisms available to taxpayers can be invaluable in determining the course of your audit. Private letter ruling, technical advice memorandum, pre-filing agreement, compliance assurance processes, fast track settlement and post-appeals mediation are just some of the options available to taxpayers to arrive at the desired resolution. Having your audit directed by an experienced litigation attorney who is knowledgeable in all of these procedural options can make all the difference.
Whether defending an audit that already has begun or preparing for the audit that each business owner will ultimately endure, alliantNational has the knowledge, experience and resources to position you for the best results possible.
alliantNational TCS attorneys have been hand-selected based on their backgrounds and experience. Each attorney within alliantNational has litigation experience. Their years of courtroom experience provide them the foundation necessary to evaluate evidence, develop realistic evaluations of cases and position our clients to prevail in their tax controversy cases. When faced with a controversial audit, you or your clients deserve the best defense possible. alliantNational is poised to serve those needs.
The Resources to Serve Your Needs
Different tax positions require different resources to optimize your defense. Having access to a multitude of experts can help to offset the risk associated with any given potential tax liability. alliantNational’s attorneys, accountants, engineers, software developers, MBAs, biologists, chemists and various other graduate degreed professionals are ready to assist in analyzing your position. alliantNational has the resources to tackle any issue that may arise, whether technical or accounting.
Why wait until the IRS comes knocking? Do you have questions concerning tax positions taken on your returns? Are you concerned about the due diligence that an acquiring company is about to perform? alliantNational’s consulting services are ready to assist you today. alliantNational’s services include:
- General Consulting
- Pre-examination analysis
- Risk analysis
- IRS Service Center Support
- Examination Planning
- Audit Defense
- Conference Appeals Representation
- Litigation Support
- FBAR / FATCA Compliance
- Captive Insurance Compliance
Whatever the situation, alliantNational has the solution.
Supporting CPAs and Their Clients
CPAs are their clients most trusted professional advisor. CPAs need to know when seeking assistance outside of their firms that their clients are being handled by competent professionals. alliantgroup has aligned itself with thousands of CPA firms across the nation. alliantgroup is a trusted resource for CPA firms. When faced with controversy, you can roll the dice with another provider or call upon alliantgroup, a national firm renowned for serving CPAs and their clients.
Easing the CPA’s Burden
Today, there is a common complaint echoed across the CPA world: staffing, staffing, staffing. CPA firms across the nation are understaffed and overworked. There simply are not enough good CPAs to go around. alliantNational is part of the solution. alliantNational’s audit defense and consulting services can help ease the burden when you find yourself understaffed. alliantNational’s specialized skill and experience nicely complements a CPA’s practice, provides an outlet for excess work in the area of tax controversy and allows you to provide the best possible representation to your client — further building the bonds of trust in your relationship.