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Defending Tax Audits (Examinations) by the IRS


Receiving an IRS notice of tax examination, also known as a tax audit notice, can be a scary experience, especially since the law places the burden on you to demonstrate that your income tax return information is correct. There is never a good time to find out that you will be the subject of an IRS tax audit, however plenty of help is available by contacting experienced tax relief attorney Ken Sheppard, Jr. to deal with the IRS on your behalf.


What is the IRS looking for in a Tax Audit?

The IRS utilizes tax audits to determine if you properly reported your income, deductions, exemptions, and credits in your income tax filing. They may request you to provide supporting records in person, on the phone, or by mail in order to prove that your filing is correct.


Being selected for an IRS audit is not necessarily an indication of any wrongdoing on your part.  Even if you don't have any unfiled tax returns, have never sought back tax help, and are certain that all of the information you have provided to the IRS is correct, you may still get audited.  As any experienced IRS tax attorney will tell you, sometimes an IRS tax audit is nothing more than a standard procedure that is used to verify the accuracy of a taxpayer's returns.


Tax Audit Defense Lawyer

While it is not required, it is a good idea to be represented by a tax lawyer who understands how to deal with the IRS in a tax audit. Going through an audit may often feel like an interrogation, and that's because it is common for IRS tax examiners (tax auditors) to use interrogation techniques to uncover known potential issues with your taxes, honest record keeping mistakes, as well as possible tax fraud. It is important to understand that any information you provide to the IRS can and will be used against you.


Protect your rights by being represented by a tax attorney who understands your situation, and the IRS tax code. The first and best thing you can do in the event of an IRS audit is to invoke your right to legal counsel before answering any questions or providing any documentation regarding your case.  Do not volunteer any information to the IRS regardless of how amicable your auditor may seem.  Remember that it is your IRS tax attorney's job to represent your best interests during an audit.


Even if you do not have the requested tax documentation readily available, as your tax attorney we can work with you to reconstruct the necessary tax records. Additionally we may be able to seek alternate methods to provide substantiation to the IRS auditor.


What Are My Rights During an IRS Tax Audit?

If you are being audited, your IRS tax attorney will introduce you to something known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.  This document is designed to protect you against unfair treatment by Internal Revenue Service auditors.  It includes advice on how to handle your initial visit from an IRS auditor; which questions you are (and are not) required to answer; and how to establish a favorable position for yourself throughout the auditing process.


What Happens if the IRS Auditor Uncovers Items I Cannot Substantiate?

Even if  the IRS determines that you owe back taxes (plus any interest payments or penalties that may have accrued), there are several avenues that your tax attorney can do to help you. Depending on the situation, your attorney can help you to set up a tax payment plan with the IRS, negotiate an offer in compromise, seek a penalty abatement or currently not collectible status, or file a tax appeal.



If you have received notice of examination or documentation from the IRS informing you of your rights during the IRS Appeals process, you should act quickly to obtain legal tax representation.  Contact Tax Attorney Kenneth Sheppard, Jr. for a free initial consultation today at 877-505-9455.








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