This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Tax Executive, a publication of Tax Executives Institute. Reprinted with the publisher’s permission.
A few months after COVID-19 closed Internal Revenue Service buildings and employees were sent home to work remotely, the reality of a backlog of pending matters led IRS Appeals to awaken and move forward again. Appeals officers, Exam teams, and taxpayer representatives tentatively began holding Appeals conferences and meetings using Webex and recently ZoomGov, the approved online video conferencing platforms for IRS Appeals. A growing familiarity with remote working, paired with the availability of online video and screen-sharing platforms, resulted in unexpectedly fruitful Appeals processes for taxpayers during the pandemic.
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About the Author:
Bill Colgin is a partner in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, office of Holland & Hart LLP, where he leads the federal tax controversy and tax litigation practice. He represents corporate taxpayers in complex, high-stakes federal tax controversies and tax litigation with significant implications for his clients’ bottom line.