One of the most frightening dilemmas for any small business is an IRS audit. Crowley & Company has the experience and the expertise to help your business if you are audited by the IRS. Whether you are a current client, have a tax preparer or you prepared your own taxes, Crowley & Company can help you. We represent clients at various stages including Audit Representation, Collection and Appeals. Your business may be audited for Income Taxes or Payroll Taxes and Crowley & Company has the experience to represent you. Representing yourself during an audit is not only daunting, but most likely will do you more harm than good. Why risk exposure to additional tax, penalties and interest when you can hire an expert to do it for you?
Audits come in many forms including:
- Correspondence Audit – where the IRS sends you a letter proposing changes or a request for more information
- Office Audit – where you have been asked to visit the IRS field office to explain part of your tax return
- Field Audit – where an IRS agent wants to visit your office or home to find out more about you and your tax return
Each type is different and each one has its own perils. We have the experience to deal with the IRS- not you!
Collections – you may owe the IRS for Income Taxes or Payroll Taxes…we can represent you to help get the IRS off your back. There are various methods to alleviate the IRS Collections process. They include: Offers in Compromise (OIC), Installment Agreements (IA), Currently Not Collectible (CNC) and Penalty Abatements. Let Crowley & Company help you ease the pain of IRS Collections.
Appeals – when you have already been audited but feel that your argument was not heard or considered, we can help. Appeals are very time sensitive. Never hesitate to contact us if you are thinking about appealing the IRS. Appeals is another area where it is best not to represent yourself.
What we will do for you in an audit…
1. We will communicate with the IRS on your behalf
2. Research and review your case
3. Meet with the IRS on your behalf
4. Argue your case on your behalf
5. Attempt to resolve your case in a way that is most beneficial for you, not the IRS
Additionally, Crowley & Company can help you with :
Unfiled Returns – if you have not filed tax returns for one or several years, Crowley & Company can help. These returns may be subject to greater scrutiny and we can help mitigate the risks.
Levy Releases – we can review your account and determine if you are eligible for a Levy Release. This also includes Levies against your bank account or your paycheck.
Penalty Abatement – if have been charged penalties on your tax return or payroll tax return, you may be eligible for an Abatement even if you have already paid the penalties. We will review you account to determine if you are eligible.
Sean Crowley is an Enrolled Agent who will fight for you during an audit.
Business Tax Audit
Why an Enrolled Agent?
An Enrolled Agent (EA) has no geographical boundaries. In other words, an EA can practice in any of the 50 United States unlike a CPA who has a license that is state specific. Not all CPAs specialize in the area of “Taxation” and “Tax Matters”, but many Enrolled Agents do. The distinction is important as an Enrolled Agent’s specialty is Taxation and Tax Accounting. A Certified Public Accountant is tested by the state in which he/she resides and found to be proficient in accounting. An Enrolled Agent, however, has been tested and designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as being proficient in Federal Taxation and Tax Accounting. Enrolled Agents are regulated by the Federal Government, not by the states (as are attorneys and CPAs). EAs must maintain their special expertise through continuing professional education to maintain their IRS accreditation. They are unique in that they are the only group of tax professionals who report verification of their continuing professional education hours earned directly to the Internal Revenue Service.
What is an Enrolled Agent?
Enrolled Agents are federally authorized tax practitioners who have demonstrated technical competence in tax law and are the only taxpayer representatives licensed to practice by the United States government. The Enrolled Agent is empowered by the United States Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals.
Enrolled Agents have been regulated by Congress since 1884. Enrolled Agents prepare tax returns for individuals, corporations, estates and trusts as well as providing other tax services as necessary for clients.
History of Enrolled Agent
Enrolled Agents are professionals who help taxpayers with taxing entities. After the Civil War, many citizens had problems settling claims with the government for confiscated property for use in the war effort. Congress, in 1884, designated Enrolled Agents to represent citizens before the government. In 1913, after the income tax was instituted, the role of Enrolled Agents expanded to include representing citizens in regards to taxation. As the complexity of the tax preparation requirements increased, the Enrolled Agent began to help the citizenry in the preparation of the necessary documents. The National Association of Enrolled Agents was created in 1972 to represent the needs of the taxpayers and help the Enrolled Agents to better represent the taxpayers.