Tax Controversy

Gross McGinley Tax Controversy Lawyers

Tax Controversy

We help clients facing tax controversies that include disputes with local, state, and federal tax authorities. Tax controversies can have a serious, negative impact on individuals, businesses, sole proprietorships, entrepreneurs, and large companies. Our tax attorneys understand the complexities of tax law — and they understand the methods used by the IRS to extract payment for tax debt.

We represent clients in a range of tax controversy matters that include IRS audits and appeals, fraud, competent authority matters, and appellate/ trial litigation. We also assist with the following issues.

Avoidance of Tax Liens and Levies

The government uses tax liens to protect its interest in your financial assets, personal property, and real estate. Learn more about how we can help you to avoid tax liens and levies.

Installment Payment Plan

You can request an installment payment plan if you owe more taxes than you can afford to pay. Learn how our attorneys can help you to create a long-term payment plan (or installment agreement).

Offer in Compromise

Sometimes it’s possible for taxpayers to settle tax liabilities for less than the original amount they owe. Learn whether an Offer in Compromise (OIC) is a viable option.





When you owe a significant tax debt and can’t afford to pay the total amount you owe, you can set up an installment payment. The IRS does allow taxpayers to fulfill their tax, interest, and penalty obligations with a monthly installment agreement. Once established, the IRS may no longer turn to tax liens or levies to collect payments. And as long as you keep payments current, the IRS can’t re-institute other collection options.

In situations where you owe a large amount of taxes, it’s best to work with an attorney who can negotiate the installment payment plan with the IRS. Our tax attorneys use their deep knowledge of tax laws and IRS guidelines/ regulations to prepare a payment plan that the IRS will accept.

Tax authorities expect taxpayers to fulfill their obligations. Taxpayers who don’t make good on their tax debts can face a tax lien or levy. If you receive a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, Notice of Intent to Levy, or Final Notice – Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing, you should talk to an attorney.

You’ve got several options when facing this controversy. You can pay off the debt. But if you don’t accept the debt’s validity or you’re struggling to make the payment, you may have other options. We can help by exploring those other choices, which include:

  • Applying for a Certificate of Discharge from Federal Tax Lien
  • Applying for a Certificate of Subordination
  • Filing an Application for Withdrawal of Filed Form 668(Y)

If you’re facing tax debt that you can’t afford to pay, the IRS Offer in Compromise program (IOC) may provide a solution. Our tax attorneys understand the minutia of taxation and the criteria that the IRS uses to evaluate these offers.

Once we’ve assessed your specific situation, we can evaluate whether the IOC makes good financial sense for you. We’ll compare minimal acceptable offer to total tax, interest, and penalties you owe. Then, we’ll prepare your documentation and filings. If the IRS refuses the IOC, we’ll work with you to appeal it.

Tax Controversy Team

View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Sara Hart Charette

Sarah Hart Charette

View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney R. Nicholas Nanovic

R. Nicholas Nanovic


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