An audit is scary. It’s an intimidating ordeal to experience, especially when you have never experienced one before. Imagine this: you receive the notice that you’ve been audited, and the information comes in a letter, cold and dry, black and white. But it’s not an uncommon experience, and the statistics are that about 1% of all tax payers will undergo an audit each year. That doesn’t sound like a huge number of people, but if you are someone for whom the IRS has deemed necessary to target for an audit, you should remember that your first and most immediate option is to call your experienced accountant at Practical Taxes.
The main reason that an IRS audit is incredibly difficult and scary is that, when a person discovers they are being audited, it sounds as if they’ve done something wrong. But it’s very possible that they didn’t do anything wrong at all. The IRS even states that all tax documents are complex, and that the data they contain must be evaluated and sometimes evaluated with close precision to ensure accuracy.
If you do discover that you are being audited the first step is to respond to the IRS’s letter. The next step is to contact your tax professional at Practical Taxes. You will need to compile all the necessary documents—everything (that’s why it’s so very important to keep all tax documentation for five years!). Interesting enough is that most audits are completed through the mail. Documents are sent back and forth, etc. Some problems are so small that they can resolved quickly and easily. But make sure before you send anything to the IRS that your accountant at Practical Taxes goes over the documents; you have rights in an audit, and you want to be sure that you have someone who has your interests in mind determine if there are any discrepancies.
Don’t go through an audit alone. Practical Taxes is ready to answer your questions, help you review all your tax documents, and hopefully the entire audit process will be made a little bit less scary.