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Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.5 hours

Recorded DateJanuary 25, 2018
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes
Course LevelIntermediate
Course Description

This webinar will provide guidance and best practices for responding to IRS audits of medium-sized business taxpayers, including detailing IRS examination techniques, how to respond to Information Document Requests, and navigating IRS interviews.

Receiving an Information Document Request (IDR) from the Internal Revenue Service is stress-inducing, time-consuming and potentially costly. These requests generally signal the beginning of an audit or examination of a tax return. In cases where the IRS proceeds beyond a simple IDR to a full audit, the process becomes more complex. This can result in not only added expense in responding to the requests, but also significant legal and business implications that can produce unwanted future results if the taxpayer does not effectively respond.

The IRS has broad authority to carry out information requests and interviews, but there are also significant limits on those powers that protect taxpayers undergoing an audit of a tax filing. Gaining a detailed understanding of the examination process, from the inception of an IDR through the more exhaustive audit and summons stages, will significantly benefit tax advisors to midsize businesses in responding to IRS information requests.

By knowing the audit process and the taxpayer protections built into the IRS’s procedures for conducting audits, tax counsel and advisors can avoid mistakes that result in additional tax and sanctions.

Listen as our experienced panel provides a thorough review of the IRS audit process, and discusses best practices for advisors to midsizw businesses for handling IRS information requests by outlining the taxpayer’s responsibilities and rights in an examination.

Learning Objectives

  • Have a thorough understanding of the process for conducting audits of large and midsize businesses and international taxpayers

  • Be able to advise clients of their obligations and rights in response to IRS Information Document Requests and administrative summonses.

  • Know how to prepare your clients’ officers and employees for IRS interviews.

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Jamie Brown acts on tax-related matters, with a focus on federal tax controversies and litigation. Mr. Brown is a skilled tax litigator. From 2006 to 2013, he was a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he acted as lead counsel for the government in over 100 civil tax cases. Mr. Brown took scores of depositions, and tried cases to judges and juries in U.S. district and bankruptcy courts. The Tax Division recognized Mr. Brown’s results with Outstanding Attorney awards in 2009 and 2012.

About Our Presenter

Ivins, Phillips & Barker, founded by two of the original judges on the United States Tax Court in 1935, is the leading law firm in the United States exclusively engaged in the practice of federal income tax, employee benefits and estate and gift tax law. The firm’s lawyers are nationally recognized to be among the best and brightest in the country. Our decades of focus on the intricacies of the Internal Revenue Code have led numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller companies, tax exempt organizations, and high net worth individuals to rely on the firm for answers to the most complicated and sophisticated tax planning problems as well as for complex tax litigation.