Receive an IRS Audit Letter?
Facing an IRS audit is highly feared by most taxpayers. Nobody wants to receive the dreaded IRS Audit Letter – maybe even an IRS certified letter. Whether you are innocent or guilty, it still strikes fear in people because they have no idea what to expect – one person or one business up against the government? That seems a little unbalanced already, just from a power perspective.
It’s best, of course, to get professional assistance when dealing with this type of problem. Don’t meet with the IRS alone. After all, you are going into this situation cold and have no idea what to say or what not to say. If you do have a skilled attorney helping you, it will communicate to the IRS that you are taking it seriously, and that they will have to be at their very best to try and prove the case against you.
Keep in mind, the chance is good that your number just happened to be picked – sometimes there is no rhyme or reason as to who gets selected. And you don’t really have a choice; you are pretty much forced to comply. If you are facing an IRS audit, it’s probably one of three types:
- Office Audit
- Correspondence Audit
- At-Home Audit
How To Prepare For IRS Auditors
One bit of good advice is to perform an audit of your records on your own first. Then you’ll want to do it a second time in our office. This is a great way to prepare so you know where the potential landmines are, if any. If you are being audited for a specific year, the investigation may expand to other years as the Auditor goes through the records.
Meeting with the IRS Auditors in either their office or our office is the only way to go – you never want them stepping foot inside your house. They send their best people out for those audits and it can be very intimidating.
It’s not a surprise that audit rates for every kind of taxpayer have gone up over the past few years. Individual taxpayers have seen a 25% increase. Taxpayers with high net worth have seen their audit rates double. If you are an S-corporation, you may be one of the 5,000 companies selected over the past few years by the IRS for random audit. They are doing everything they can to stay on top of small businesses.
At the law office of Steven N. Klitzner, we deal with the IRS directly on your behalf. Dealing with an IRS audit can be one of the most stressful times of anyone’s life; don’t face the IRS alone – you need a tax lawyer who specializes in tax law and has successfully represented people before the IRS.
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