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District Court Tax Litigation Lawyers
The US District Court is one of the four courts that handles disputes over federal taxes. Most contested tax issues are handled in the US Tax Court instead, since this allows people to defer payment until they’ve reached a settlement or ruling. But the district court has certain advantages that may make it ideal if you meet the right circumstances.

If you’ve received a bill from the IRS that you want to challenge, you should talk to a lawyer. Your attorney will be able to determine which court is the one most likely to give you an ideal outcome. They will also take you through the negotiation process with the IRS to try to help you reach a settlement without the need for a trial.

The process for approaching the situation is different depending on the court you choose. With the district court, you have to pay whatever amount is in dispute. After that, you can request a refund by starting civil proceedings with the IRS.

Because you have to pay the disputed taxes, this option isn’t favored by people who can’t afford to pay their tax bill. And the process can take a while. There are several avenues you and your attorney will pursue prior to opening official litigation. Some of these include:

  • You’ll make a formal request. If it’s granted, then you’ll be given a refund. In the more likely scenario that it is denied, you will need to pursue the next steps.
  • Your lawyer will need to go through each of the administrative processes that might provide some relief.
  • If you are unsuccessful in this, or you’re unsatisfied by the administrative refund offered, then you can file your lawsuit with the court.

This might all seem like a hassle when you’ve already paid the back taxes. You might just want to close the case and be done with it. The sheer amount of time and energy that the process takes is part of why so few people choose it. Your lawyer can help to ease the burden by taking on the bulk of the paperwork, communication, and strategy for you. That way, you don’t have to put your entire life on hold.

One of the key advantages to district court proceedings is that you’re given the right to have a jury at your trial. That isn’t the case with the US Tax Court or the US Claims Court. With the tax court, every dispute that goes to trial is settled by one judge. There are nineteen presidentally-appointed judges that comprise the system.

You don’t need to meet any minimum dispute amount in order to bring your case to the district court. But because of how complex and costly a district court trial is, you probably won’t want to pursue it unless you have a massive case. Indeed, almost everyone who uses the district court for their tax disputes is asking for a refund of six to seven figures.

There are district courts strategically placed all throughout the US. The regulations regarding cases are complicated. Due to rules about the choice of this court for your litigation, you will need to have your case heard at a specific time. This means that you might be waiting a significant amount of time before you’re able to bring your case before a jury and get a judgment.

If you are suing for a refund on behalf of a corporation, then the involved court will be whichever district encompasses the corporate headquarters. That helps to simplify the issue if the corporation has multiple different offices or locations throughout the US.

Things to Know About Choosing District Court Litigation

District court proceedings have advantages and disadvantages over tax court ones.

The biggest advantage is that you get to have a jury trial. If you believe that you can reasonably convince a panel of everyday Americans that the IRS has cheated you, then you might prefer this option. You don’t have to worry about putting your fate in the hands of a single judge.

At the same time, it’s important to note that a jury is not as experienced with specific tax issues as a judge. In fact, most people on the jury won’t know anything about tax law at all. If your case involves making complicated technical arguments about the text of laws, you’ll want to present it to a judge.

Some courts have more laid-back evidence rules, which allows for faster proceedings and lets you enter extra information into evidence. Generally, the onus is on you to prove that you have been overbilled by the IRS. The default judgment is for the IRS’s ruling to stand.

In rare instances, the IRS might have the burden of proof instead. This only happens when the tax code specifically says so. Your attorney will be able to tell you whether your case includes one of these exceptions.

District court proceedings can be more formal. If you want to voluntarily negotiate a settlement with the IRS, the tax court is a better bet. It has more opportunities to settle before a trial.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
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Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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