Facebook Row May Expand Access To IRS Appeals Process

By Vidya Kauri (March 26, 2018, 7:52 PM EDT) -- An argument brewing in a California federal court over whether taxpayers are guaranteed access to an appeals process during disputes with the Internal Revenue Service has the potential to expand taxpayer options for reaching settlements without the costs associated with litigation.

Facebook Inc. sued the revenue agency in November, saying that it was arbitrarily denied access to the IRS Office of Appeals following an audit despite Congress' enactment of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in 2015, which the social media company said guarantees taxpayers the right to an independent administrative settlement forum.

The IRS disagrees that TBOR gave such an unqualified...

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