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Apr 25, 2018

Why hire an attorney to represent me in an IRS tax audit?

Did you know that ever year the IRS randomly selects a group of taxpayers to audit even if no flags or issues have been noticed? They do this as a way of spot checking themselves and attempting to catch an errors or omissions that may exist in the filings of these individuals. That makes sense from the agency’s point of view, but it is an extremely irritating thing to deal with as an individual taxpayer.

The first sign that you will have that you have been selected to be audited is a mailed notice. The IRS will always inform you via the U.S. Postal Service. Any other form of communication that claims to be from the IRS is a scam. When you do receive that letter, it will inform you that you are under audit. Obviously, this can be a very stressful thing to read. It is not a moment to panic though, it is a moment to act proactively.

The IRS is often fishing for information in their first few attempts to contact you. They may ask questions about your charitable giving or about exactly how it is that a certain employer pays you. It is always best to report this information accurately and truthfully as the IRS is a government agency that you do not want to get caught lying to.

Obtaining an attorney at this stage of the game may prove to be worth your while. A lot of people get very nervous during the audit process and it is easy to make mistakes. Those mistakes can prove very costly in the form of late fees and penalties for not properly paying your taxes all this time. It is not as though you set out to defraud the government, but any little mistake and they might ding you for it. Once you realize this, it is time to stick with getting a professional to assist you in moving things back into the right direction.

In the event that you used an accountant to file your taxes, contact the company that they work for right away. You can actually have your attorney handle this. The important thing here is to get the company to back up the work that they did on your behalf. They know what they did, and they can go back into your file and try to figure out where things might have gone wrong.

The IRS is going to continue on with their audit and you could be charged for backed taxes as well as the penalties that go along with that if you are not careful. They are quick to throw on a lot of extra penalties against you. That is why hiring an attorney quickly is your best course of action to avoid the steep penalties that can come with not properly filing IRS taxes right away. When you see things in this light, it become a lot more clear that hiring an attorney is actually about saving yourself some money. That is the most important thing to focus in on at this stage of the game.

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