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Valuation Disputes

Virginia Tax Attorney Discusses Valuation Disputes with the IRS

While tax disputes with the IRS can involve a wide variety of matters, many disputes center on the valuation of specific property and assets.  When the IRS questions or challenges a taxpayer’s assessment of how much an item is worth, the taxpayer should consult with a knowledgeable tax attorney who can help sort out the matter.  In many situations substantial sums of money are involved and an unfavorable outcome can lead to a major tax liability for the taxpayer. 

The attorneys at Thorn Law Group have decades of collective experience guiding clients through complex IRS valuation disputes.  Many of our lawyers have worked for the IRS prior to entering private practice, which gives our firm a unique understanding of the procedures and methods the federal government uses to determine how much property is worth.  Our attorneys leverage this experience to help clients throughout the Virginia region and beyond resolve disagreements with the IRS.  We are well-positioned to handle a full range of valuation issues, including matters involving charitable donations, estate taxes, gift taxes, the purchase and sale of businesses, and damages associated with divorce, theft, casualty and other losses.

Most valuation disputes involve basic disagreements between the IRS and the taxpayer over the monetary value of an item.  There are times, however, when the IRS may assert that a taxpayer intentionally misrepresented the value of an item in order to reduce the tax liability owed to the government.  There have also been cases where unscrupulous IRS agents have overvalued or undervalued property so the taxpayer would be required to pay more taxes.  Additionally, the IRS system is not infallible:  sometimes the government makes an honest error when assessing property or it may lack information about certain extenuating circumstances. 

A Tax Attorney Can Help Resolve Your Valuation Disputes

Regardless of whether the valuation dispute involves a business transfer, an estate distribution, a charitable donation or some other matter, it is very important to have an experienced tax attorney on your side.  Your lawyer understands how the IRS initiates audits and examinations and can work within the system to help you resolve the dispute quickly and efficiently.  Your attorney also appreciates the risks involved and will strive to reach a resolution with the government that minimizes your exposure and tax liability.

If you reside in the Virginia region or anywhere else in the U.S., Thorn Law Group is prepared to handle your case.  We are a team of talented tax law attorneys capable of managing a complete range of tax law matters.  When you hire our firm you can be confident in knowing we will work one on one with you to devise a strategy tailored to meet your individual needs.  

If you have questions about the services offered at Thorn Law Group or would like to discuss a tax law matter with a member of our tax law team, please contact us today.  You can reach our Virginia satellite office by emailing Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner at or by calling 703-752-3752.

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