Few things in life are more intimidating than facing an audit (technically
called an Examination).
Going into an audit alone is like entering a boxing match with both hands
tied behind your back.
You don't want to just "wing it" on your own and hope for
the best with your fingers crossed. Something said innocently or in jest
can be used against you even after the audit process is complete! Our
office will be with you
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY before, during and even after the audit. We know what to do for you when
you are facing an audit.
Always our goal is to obtain a
"No Change" Letter (if appropriate) or to make certain that if there is additional tax to
it is the lowest amount under the law.
TYPES OF IRS AUDITS
The IRS has two major forms of Audits. First are Audits that are conducted
through the mail (called a Correspondence Audit), where they simply ask you to sign your return if you forgot to do so,
or send in W-2's or any other forms of documentation you may not have
included in your return. The second form of an audit is when the IRS requests an
in-person audit (called a Home / Office Audit).
Both types are serious, and failing to supply the IRS with the correct
information during a mail Audit could result in an in-person Audit. More
importantly, an in-person Audit may be an sign that the IRS has serious
concerns regarding the correctness of your tax return.
all IRS Audits should be taken seriously because they can often lead to
other tax years and other tax deductions not originally stated in the
Procedures for an Audit
Answer all the IRS's inquires truthfully. However,
only answer the questions you are asked, and do not divulge any more information
than is needed. You could inadvertently open doors to other areas subject to audit by
talking about information that was otherwise not relevant to your Audit.
If you are asked to bring certain documents to an in-person Audit, bring
only those requested documents!
Understandably, many people do not like facing an Audit alone, even if
they have done nothing wrong and all of their deductions are above reproach.
Our office will be able to assist you by responding to a through-the-mail
Audit to ensure that accurate documentation is sent in. In the event of
an in-person Audit, we can help you compile the accurate information.
In some instances we can even represent you at the Audit without you even
having to be present!
It makes sense to have a tax attorney represent you during an Audit. The
tax auditor will appreciate working with a tax attorney who knows the
tax code. This will save the tax auditor time, effort and aggravation
because they will not have to explain the tax code to an individual who
isn't an expert in the area of tax law.
The IRS will not be deterred and they won't disappear. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION and let's discuss all YOUR options
in ending your tax problems.