When you find yourself facing an IRS tax audit, you think of all the things that could happen. Whether it’s paying large fines, having your wages garnished, losing your home, or the possibility of being sent to prison, most people automatically panic at the thought of being audited. While this is a natural reaction, the truth is most taxpayers who get audited never see the inside of a jail cell or lose their homes. However, they are often told they owe large amounts of money, and do in fact get wages garnished from time to time. Therefore, to make sure you get the best possible results from your audit, it’s crucial to have a knowledgeable and experienced tax lawyer assisting you every step of the way.
Knowledge of Tax Laws
When most people get audited, one of the biggest mistakes they make is choosing to go it alone. By doing so, they are almost certainly setting themselves up for failure. Since IRS auditors are trained investigators who not only have an in-depth knowledge of tax laws, but also are skilled in asking questions that can lead you to unknowingly incriminate yourself, going into an audit by yourself puts you at a severe disadvantage. To keep this from happening, always align yourself with a tax attorney who has years of experience helping clients navigate the complexities of IRS audits.
Types of Audits
Depending on the type of audit you are facing, your audit representation needs may vary. For example, if you are dealing only with what’s known as a correspondence audit, you may need very little advice from an attorney. In these situations, all details are handled by mail, and often center only on errors or omissions made on your tax return. However, if you are facing an office or field audit, you most certainly should have a tax lawyer present with you throughout the entire process. Whether you are at an IRS office or have a field agent from the agency come to your home or place of business, having a tax lawyer on your side will even the playing field tremendously. By having your lawyer with you, it’s certain your legal rights will be protected throughout the hearing, which will prevent an agent from intimidating you into making incriminating statements or a rash decision you may later regret.
Peace of Mind
Because audits can be such stressful situations, having legal representation you can rely on and trust can bring tremendous peace of mind. Along with this, it’s important to remember that even if the IRS reaches a decision that you don’t agree with, you have the right to appeal. By working with a skilled tax attorney who is not afraid to take on the IRS, you’ll know they will use their knowledge of tax laws to help you obtain the best possible results. In many cases the IRS is relying on you being intimidated, so having a tax attorney on your side may swing the outcome in your favor.
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