Stein Sperling is well-versed in the issues of current focus by the IRS, including status of employee versus independent contractor, tracing of loan proceeds as affecting the interest deduction, special rules for real estate professionals, proposed personal liability for unpaid business trust taxes and more. We represent clients in controversies with the IRS and state authorities, understanding that interactions with these agencies are often intimidating and overwhelming as the IRS has broader powers to lien and levy than do other creditors. We handle audits and appeals, shifting all or most of the burden of interacting with the IRS away from our clients.
We work side-by-side with clients to develop their positions on audit and appeal. Our attorneys have a depth of experience advising individuals and businesses facing federal or state income, payroll or sales tax examinations or appeals. This knowledge allows us to aggressively defend clients’ positions throughout the process, keeping in mind our goals of achieving the best possible resolutions and reducing or eliminating penalties for non-willful errors.