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Notice of Deficiency and Tax Court Matters

Representation from a knowledgeable tax lawyer is advantageous at many stages of a tax controversy. By the time a tax dispute regarding a deficiency reaches the stage of tax court, legal representation is crucial.

Insight Law provides knowledgeable, client-focused representation at all stages of a tax controversy in Washington. Our Seattle tax court attorneys can provide you with representation from start of your dispute until the conclusion of a trial in tax court, if necessary. Our tax attorneys serve clients across the region from offices in Seattle, Bellevue and Burien.

What is Notice of Deficiency?

A notice of deficiency is one of the first steps toward tax court. If the IRS believes that additional tax is due after an examination, it will normally send the taxpayer a letter that gives the taxpayer the opportunity to protest the change at the IRS Appeals Office before litigation.

If the taxpayer and Appeals Office do not settle the dispute, the Appeals Office will issue a notice of deficiency. Also called a 90-day letter, the notice gives the taxpayer 90 days to challenge the deficiency in tax court, a federal court specifically for tax matters. Tax court can be an appealing next step because the taxpayer does not have to pay the deficiency in order to file suit.

If you receive a notice of deficiency after an administrative appeal, contact our law firm to discuss your options. After the 90-day deadline, you will not be able to challenge the deficiency.

Knowledgeable Tax Attorney Representation in Tax Court

Tax court is a trial. Because it is a formal legal proceeding, you are best served with representation by a quality tax attorney who understands not only tax law but the specific legal procedures involved in tax court, as well.

At Insight Law, we focus almost exclusively on tax law, and we understand both the nuances of the code and tax court procedures. We will work with the government to negotiate a settlement, and if a settlement is not possible, we will provide you with knowledgeable representation during court proceedings. We also provide other tax litigation representation, including refund suits in district court as well as the Court of Federal Claims.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

From offices in Seattle, Bellevue and Burien, our tax lawyers advise and represent clients in communities throughout King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County, Washington. Call us at 206-922-8078 or contact our office by e-mail to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced Seattle tax court lawyer at our firm today.