Analysis

Fewer In-Person Appeals Meetings May Prove Costly For IRS

Law360, New York (June 1, 2017, 9:18 PM EDT) -- The cash-strapped IRS' decision to reduce the number of in-person meetings it grants taxpayers during appeals may defeat the agency's goal to save resources if it is forced into litigation as a result of less effective communication by mail, telephone or videoconferencing.

The Internal Revenue Service streamlined its appeals process in October to get rid of what it said was a "misperception" among taxpayers that they had to request face-to-face meetings to take full advantage of the process when cases could be resolved through telephone meetings instead.

While the agency is not eliminating in-person conferences, it has changed its previous default...

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