TEI agrees that LMSB and the affected taxpayers should remain open to resolving
IIR issues retrospectively.
Attorney Brad Honoroff, Principal of The Mediation Group, in Brookline, Massachusetts, an Associate Professor in the Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a mediator in two of the conflicts described at the outset, notes that "it's a spectacular fact that though the field of health care is rife with conflicts, traditional models for resolving
them have not been noticeably effective.
Forty-four percent of consumers were "extremely satisfied" with banks and financial services companies when it came to resolving
customer inquiries in a single phone call, followed by Internet Service Providers (35 percent), cable/satellite TV companies and credit card companies (both 34 percent) and cell phone companies (33 percent).
Moreover, Appeals personnel are well trained in settling cases and those skills will be critical in resolving
disputes and achieving currency regardless of whether they are employed in the post-filing Appeals process or in achieving pre-filing agreements with taxpayers.
A growing number of insurance carriers now offer mediation as a method for resolving
The Classification Settlement Program (CSP) is intended to reduce taxpayer burden by resolving
worker classification issues during the examination process.
The rules are propounded in elaborate detail, intimating that the procedure constitutes the exclusive means for resolving
accounting method issues.
Working through the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, the Advocate was responsible for identifying and resolving
taxpayer problems with the Service, proposing changes in IRS administrative practices in response to such problems and identifying potential legislative changes as a means to mitigate those problems.
Are they really resolving
issues through the IDRs, or is the IDR process only a process of accumulating data for no reason?
The National Arbitration Forum also has flexible administration that allows parties the option of resolving
their cases in either a fixed location in a particular city or state or over the telephone, if insurance regulations permit and if parties agree.
As such, the primary objective is to clarify the effect of adjustments proposed by revenue agents in resolving
issues, such as when an adjustment constitutes a change in accounting method.
Mediation is designed as an optional dispute resolution technique for use only when the usual good-faith negotiations of an Appeals conference have not succeeded in resolving