What should you do if you are selected for an IRS audit? The first step you should take is to download our free PDF guide “What to Expect From an IRS Audit.” The first and most important thing to understand is that you were purposefully selected for an audit. An IRS revenue officer has been given your return(s) and there is a reason, and a strategy in place to collect additional taxes, penalties and interest from you. That is their job. This is not about “getting along” or attempting to “get on the auditor’s good side.” IRS auditors are highly trained and skilled interrogators. Their tactics are designed to get you to provide more information than you are legally required to provide so that they can expand the scope of the audit, and go back into previous years looking for more money.
It is never in your best interest to communicate directly with a representative of the IRS.
You should have representation for your audit. It will save you money. It will save you time. It will provide protection and help to preserve your peace of mind. Allen Barron’s IRS audit team stands between you and the IRS, and handles all communications with the agency on your behalf. We hold the auditor’s accountable to the US tax code and generally accepted accounting principles. We quickly ascertain the IRS objective for the audit and work to diffuse it.
The second most important thing to understand about an IRS audit is: The IRS has tremendous powers to subpoena and gain access to your information. A CPA, accountant, bookkeeper, online software vendor or national tax preparation house cannot provide the protections available to you through Allen Barron: the attorney-client privilege. The IRS can force a CPA, accountant, financial planner or advisor, bookkeeper, national tax preparer or any other professional (except an attorney) to provide all information about you that is relevant to the audit including emails, texts, the content of phone conversations, private financial information, banking records, in essence anything you’ve provided to them during the course of their work for you.
If you have been selected for an IRS audit, we invite you to contact us for a free and substantive consultation at 866-631-3470. Learn about the protections of the attorney-client privilege. Learn about the process, and how to protect yourself. Learn about a strategy that will protect you and your money from the awesome power of the IRS.