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Appeals Mediation Programs

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mediation is an informal, confidential, and flexible dispute resolution process in which an Appeals Officer trained in mediation techniques serves as an impartial third party facilitating negotiations between the disputing parties.


The Appeals mediators help resolve disputes by identifying the core issues, possible obstacles to settlement, and working with the parties to develop resolution strategies. The Appeals mediator has no power to render a decision or to force either party to accept a settlement. With our Fast Track Settlement program, however, the Appeals mediator may suggest settlement proposals.


Our various mediation programs are designed to serve different types of taxpayers at specific stages of the IRS examination or collection process.

 

If you’re an experienced tax practitioner and know which mediation program you’re interested in, the links in the table below will take you to pages with information, including the application process. If this is all new to you and you have a disagreement with IRS but are not sure whether mediation is right for you, please check out the Appeals Mediation Programs Online Self-Help Tool, which is designed to:

  • Help you understand when to discuss mediation with the IRS person assigned to your case
  • Help you navigate to the mediation program that best fits your needs
  • Explain each program
  • Provide you with the steps, forms and information needed to apply for each program
Type of Taxpayer Stage of IRS Process
Pre-Filing Examination Collection Appeals
Large Business and International

Compliance Assurance Process

Fast Track Settlement
 

Early Referral

 

Post Appeals Mediation

Small Business/Self-Employed  

Fast Track Settlement
 

Early Referral

Fast Track Mediation

Tax Exempt/Government Entities  

Fast Track Settlement
 

Early Referral

 

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 11-Jun-2014