IRS Tax Audit Representation
Disclaimer: The following IRS Audit material is intended for general information only and not legal or tax advice.
Zaher Fallahi, IRS Defense Tax Attorney, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is a Tax Controversy Attorney, CPA, and represents clients nationwide with the IRS Audit, Offer-In-Compromise, Cryptocurrency Tax, Offshore Accounts and Foreign Gifts. Consultation is available via toll free 1-(877) 687-7558.
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IRS Tax Audit Overview
Selection of a tax return for an IRS audit does not necessarily mean there is something wrong with your tax returns. From time to time, tax returns are selected for an IRS audit based on a statistical formula developed by the IRS. The IRS compares your tax return against “norms” for similar tax returns. The “norms” are developed from prior IRS audits of a statistically valid random sample of returns, as part of the National Research Program the IRS conducts.
Other times, your tax returns may be selected for an IRS audit because of your connection with other taxpayers who have been subjected to an IRS audit. These taxpayers include your fellow stockholders of your corporation, partners of your partnership, your vendors, or customers, etc.
Generally, amending your tax return does not trigger an IRS audit of your original return. It is possible that your amended return may be screened and selected for an IRS audit. Therefore, ensure to have a reasonable basis for amending your tax return, provide reason for the amendment, and enclose applicable supporting documents, to avoid an IRS audit.
Once your return is selected for an IRS audit, you are initially contacted only by mail. The IRS audit letter will request certain documents the IRS auditor wants to examine, and you will be given the auditor’s contact information for a timely response. You will have an opportunity to decide who will represent you before the IRS.
Depending on the complexity of the issues involved, you may represent yourself before the IRS. You may retain an experienced tax attorney, CPA, or another professional knowledgeable in tax law and accounting principles, to represent you. Tax law and accounting professions go hand in hand and complement one another and are very helpful for a competent IRS audit representation.
If there is a possibility that the IRS audit of your documents may expose you to a criminal investigation, consult a tax attorney and do not use the services of a non-attorney tax professional to represent you. The reason for this advice is that if your case turns criminal down the road, all prior communications between you and your non-lawyer representative may be subpoenaed and used against you in court. A non-lawyer representative could be called to testify against you. However, the attorney-client privilege of a tax lawyer keeps communications between you and the attorney a secret and may not be subpoenaed.
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