Get Tax Audit Representation With The Help Of A Former IRS Agent
Audit Defense For:
- Income Tax Returns
- Employment Tax Returns
- Offshore Compliance
- Foreign Bank & Financial Accounts (FBAR)
- International Information Returns
What Is An Audit?
A tax audit is an examination of your tax return to verify that your income and deductions were reported correctly.
You will need to prove to the IRS that your tax returns are correct. In addition you must provide supporting documents for most of the audit.
The IRS will make a determination as to whether you reported your income correctly or not and they will decide if they will assess you additional taxes.
What Is Tax Audit Representation?
Tax audit representation (also called audit defense) is a service in which a tax or legal professional stands in on behalf of a taxpayer, an individual or a business during an IRS or state income tax audit.
Why Do I Need Tax Audit Representation?
Unless you are a tax professional, there are several reasons why you should never handle an IRS audit on your own. Please understand that the IRS has an extremely unfair advantage since the average person lacks adequate knowledge of laws for a suitable tax audit defense.
It is important to remember that IRS agents and auditors represent the government and not you. They are trained investigators and their primary job is to identify errors on your tax return. If they sense that you do not understand the rules or are ignorant of your rights, then they may take advantage of the situation. They could attempt to extract more information than you are legally obliged to provide or they may try to secure damaging admissions on your end. In this way, they can declare penalties and recommend significant audit changes.
Should you decide to represent yourself in an audit, you must believe in your ability to handle all phases of the audit – from researching the tax code and regulations to dealing with the bureaucratic and legal complexities that may arise. You should have an understanding of the procedures pertaining to IRS audits and appeals. While you may feel that not having to pay for representation will save you some money, the reality is that you may wind up receiving a hefty bill for a significant tax deficiency in the end.
Working with a tax professional means working with someone with a deep knowledge of both tax law and the audit process, and who can anticipate what happens next. A tax specialist is also aware of where the IRS often looks for vulnerabilities, and is able to implement effective strategies for defending your case. More importantly, a tax professional keeps all emotions off the table, evaluating your case and defending your economic well-being from a more objective point of view.
In many ways representing yourself in an audit is similar to representing yourself in court. If you would hire a lawyer in the courtroom, then it is likely that you should hire a tax professional for an audit. The IRS agent represents the IRS-and it would be most beneficial to have someone on your side to ensure that you are not taken advantage of.
In fact, having a tax professional represent you before the IRS can end up saving you money. An audit is somewhat like a puzzle and if you are not aware of the strategies, it’s best to have a tax professional on your side helping you.
Having a tax professional such as myself on your side can significantly increase the odds of you getting a better outcome on your audit.
Why Choose Me?
When defending an IRS audit, not all tax professionals are qualified enough to represent you. Some CPAs, accountants or tax attorneys do a little tax resolution and may work on a few audits a year, but they don’t possess the experience and expertise needed to navigate your particular case successfully.
An enrolled agent who has passed a rigid examination and background check is a tax advisor and a tax-preparer who is specifically licensed to practice before the IRS. On average, an enrolled agent is the most experienced professional to work with when dealing with the IRS, and they are also typically the least expensive to hire.
I am a federally licensed enrolled agent. You especially want me on your side because I am also a former IRS tax man with over 10 years or experience on the other side of the table. I personally worked on over 300 audits during my career. Only a former IRS revenue agent like myself can truly know the fine details of the ins and outs of how the audit process works. I can help you get through the audit with minimal financial consequences. If you end up owing some back taxes, I can find ways to reduce tax penalties and arrange for an affordable payment plan.
During the audit process, you are best off hiring me to represent and protect you.
What Will I Do For You?
If the IRS has flagged you for an audit, you probably won’t know why you’re being audited and you’re not sure what to expect. When you enlist my assistance, I will be by your side throughout the process to protect you, answer questions and help you resolve any tax problems quickly.
I will provide you the experience and expertise required when dealing with your IRS or state audit.
In the majority of cases, I will be able to go into the audit office for you and I will have your case prepared and positioned to give you the protection you deserve. I know your rights and you have nothing to be afraid of. If paperwork is missing, I will help you put together all the documents and evidence you will need to come out of your tax audit successfully.
Before you allow the IRS or state to take your records or even enter your place of business or home, stop and understand your rights. By contacting me, I can become a buffer between you and the taxing authorities to help safeguard those rights.
What you need to bring to our first meeting
The following is what you will need to provide:
- Your audit notice from the IRS
- Any information document requests
- A copy of the tax return in question
- Your business or individual returns from two years prior