CPAs, Enrolled Agents and attorneys are part of a privileged group that can represent taxpayers at all levels before the IRS, yet many choose not to extend their practice when collections issues arise. For those that do, there are some things they should know about, according to Curtis Hunter, a shareholder in the Coral Gables office of law firm Becker & Poliakoff PA.

“The first step in resolving tax disputes with the IRS is to understand the taxpayer’s rights and the alternative defenses available. Although understaffed, Collections is still a significant activity of the IRS,” said Hunter, who specializes in the areas of federal and state tax, estate planning and litigation.

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