Have you received notice for tax audit from IRS? Are you prepared to deal with this legal matter? Most of the people hire tax attorneys to fight with the issue. However, there are few people who think that they can deal with IRS on their own. It is possible but most of times they find themselves in mess just because of misinformation and little knowledge about work ethics of IRS. Main reason of not hiring any tax professional or attorney is to save money. If you’re looking for some tips to deal with IRS audit, you can search them on the internet. However, most of the sites give advice that are quite impractical and only professional can understand the jargons they are using while providing information. Following are few tried and tested tips, if you don’t have a tax attorney to help you in case a tax audit.
First thing which is very much required in order to face IRS agents with confidence is that the knowledge of your tax rights. If you know what you are entitled to as a tax payer, you can challenge the decisions made by the agents. In case, you find that the agent is not treating you in a fair manner, you can always speak to his/her manager. You will come across various books and articles while finding information on rights as a taxpayer. For authentic rights, you should browse through IRS publication 1 that explains taxpayer’s rights. Once you’ve received the notice organize your records at the earliest.
If you’ve arranged all the documents such IRS debt relief forms, your expenditure bills and invoices. This will make auditor’s job easy and you win some respect of him as you appeared to him as an organized person. Audit notice will have the questions about what all information is required by the IRS. So, you can group all those documents together so that auditor doesn’t need to dig the complete bunch of documents. Auditor can review the asked issues easily. Whenever you’re in the middle of an audit, try to speak to the point. Just answer what auditor is asking. Don’t give access of information, it might go against you. Always prepared with the required documents, if you give your previous years’ documentation auditors would try to find some flaws in them if your current year’s filing is cleared from any flaws.
While preparing for the tax audit, if you find that some of the documents are missing, try to arrange the duplicate copies as soon as possible. Auditors will not consider any excuse for missing or lost documentation because they’re auditing to recover the money. Therefore, you’d need to submit the proof of deduction or pay the money. Always bring copies of the document to the audit. If you submit original documents during audit, you can expect misplacement of a document or two and IRS will never take the responsibility of lost document. Dealing with tax audit on your own is an easy task, but if you’ve all your documents ready and know about your tax rights, you are more likely to win the battle with IRS.