Even if you have not been informed that there is suspicion of fraud or that your case is being referred to the IRS Criminal Investigations Division for prosecution, you should always get in contact with a tax attorney if you have been summoned to an in-person audit with an IRS agent. Being called into an IRS office indicates that the agent reviewing your case has strong suspicion either that actual fraud is occurring or that your case is complex and high-value enough that it warrants spending an unusual amount of time and being given a high level of scrutiny.
Fortunately, even the 300,000 or so people who are called into office audits each year are hardly ever charged with any crime. The IRS’ Criminal Investigations Division only sees about 3,000 cases, or 1 percent of in-person audit subjects, referred to them for prosecution. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be taking an in-person audit seriously. Hiring a competent tax attorney is the best move that you can possibly make.
In the extremely rare event that your case is referred for criminal prosecution, you absolutely must hire a competent tax attorney. Only an experienced attorney can maximize the chances that you will avoid jail time.