Protecting the right to appeal an IRS audit is an important aspect of the audit process itself. When you are contacted by the IRS via a letter or a formal Notification of Intent to Audit there are several important concepts you need to know. The first is surprising to most audit targets: you do not have to communicate directly with the IRS and it is not in your best interest to do so. Allen Barron will handle all communications with the IRS and its representatives and ensure that all information requested and provided is limited to the scope of the specific request itself.
Allen Barron has achieved a strong track record of success appealing the decision of the auditor in order to reduce or eliminate additional taxes owed by our clients as a result of the audit. In order to do so, all information must be contained within the formal record of the audit, often referred to as “the file.” If it isn’t in the file it cannot be addressed upon appeal. Protecting the right to appeal an IRS audit begins with focused attention to the audit file and the informational focus of the agency. The IRS has a specific objective for every audit. They do not wish to provide you with the information to stand up to their tactics. Allen Barron’s seasoned IRS tax attorneys quickly ascertain the objectives of the IRS auditor based upon communications and the information requested.
We hold IRS examiners to the letter of the law and to the standardized accounting procedures associated with financial records. It may be necessary to accept an extension of the statute of limitations in order to ensure important information is included within “the file.” In other circumstances, we may use the statute as a way to drive the audit to a close – especially when it results in reduction of tax exposure.
Ultimately, appealing the audit brings relief for many of our clients. Protecting the right to appeal an IRS audit ensures our clients have the best opportunity to achieve the best possible outcome regardless of the actions of the IRS auditor. Allen Barron will fight for you every step of the way. If you have been contacted for an IRS audit we invite you to download our free guide “What to Expect from an IRS Audit” and contact us for a free consultation at 866-631-3470.