What You Need to Know to Survive an IRS Audit
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I received an IRS Audit Notice - Now What?
From the moment your return is selected for an audit, there is a targeted audit examination focus. Whether the IRS conducts a Correspondence Audit (i.e. documents are mailed to the IRS), Field Audit (i.e. auditor comes to your place of business), or an Office Audit (i.e. scheduled audit meeting at IRS offices), the auditor has an agenda. The auditor is trained to solicit as much information from you as possible, without explanation as to how it might used, or which audit technique or suspected code violation is guiding the audit focus.
Every document, interview question, and record requested is by design. There is nothing benign about the information requested, in fact, many IRS auditors will request information that is well outside of the initial audit scope. The hope is you will provide it upon request, thus opening the door for the auditor to expand their exam into other areas of the return, and possibly additional tax years.
The Best IRS Audit Defense is a Good Offense
What you don't know about IRS Audit procedures can and will put you at a disadvantage. If you have little to no records on hand to directly support the original return, are uncertain whether the return was accurately prepared, or you are uncomfortable advocating your position before the IRS, DO NOT DIRECTLY CONTACT THE IRS AUDITOR WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH A TAX PROFESSIONAL FIRST. A licensed tax specialist can compare the audit notice and to your filed return to assess your liability exposure and recommend an appropriate defense.
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