Board Certified Tax Lawyer and Attorney CPA
If you are involved in a tax controversy with the IRS, it is usually advisable to seek the advice and counsel of a tax lawyer or other tax professional who is thoroughly knowledgeable of and experienced with the audit process and tax law.
Robert M. Mendell, with over 35 years of experience, is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Mendell is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.
Legal Representation for Federal and Texas Tax Controversy Matters
The law firm of Robert M. Mendell, Attorney at Law, P.C. is experienced in representing clients in tax disputes and tax controversy matters with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The firm has particular expertise in reasonable compensation tax audits. The firm has also represented clients in tax audits with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in connection with Texas state franchise tax and Texas sales tax audits.
Areas of representation include:
- IRS audits, appeals, and hearings
- Unfiled tax returns
- Penalties and interest
- Estate tax audits
- Texas sales tax audits
- Texas franchise tax audits
- Offshore bank accounts
- Unpaid payroll taxes
- Trust fund tax issues
- Tax preparer penalties
- IRS collections and levies
- IRC §6662 accuracy-related penalties
- Substantial authority for a tax position
- Substantial understatement penalty
- Substantial valuation misstatement penalty
- Adequate disclosure on a tax return
- Extinguishing tax liabilities through bankruptcy
- Innocent or injured spouse
- Offers in compromise
- Installment payment plans
- Unreasonable compensation
- Delinquent returns
An IRS dispute can be distracting, confusing, and costly in terms of time, money, and stress. The sooner a business or individual properly addresses a tax controversy, the sooner the matter can be resolved.
Provision of responsive information requested by the taxing authority should be carefully reviewed, organized, and controlled. Inadvertent disclosure of nonresponsive information and/or a failure to provide responsive materials in an organized and professional fashion can breed distrust with the examining revenue agent, often resulting in a significantly higher tax assessment, the imposition of very costly tax penalties, and the expansion of the tax audit to other tax years and possibly to other related or affiliated taxpayers.
Engagement of a tax attorney or other qualified tax professional is usually advisable to administer the careful provision of responsive materials to the examining agent and to build creditability so that containment of the tax audit to the initial areas of concern can be more likely achieved. Expansion of a tax audit to other areas of concern, other tax years or periods, and other related or affiliated parties makes for a very costly process, even if little or no tax adjustments are ultimately made by the examining agent.
A letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or other taxing authority is a serious matter. Consult with a tax lawyer or other qualified tax professional regarding your situation. Robert M. Mendell is a Board Certified Tax Lawyer and Attorney CPA, with over 35 years' experience. Contact our office by email or by calling 713-888-0700.