You shouldn't consider going before the IRS or your local taxing authority without representation any more than you would go to court without a lawyer. We know how to properly represent taxpayers under audit. We also understand the implications of friendly inquiries from auditors and the red flags that may not be obvious to taxpayers representing themselves. We are able to close audits quickly and avoid expansion of the audit scope. Generally, the cost of representation is far less than the tax amount, penalties, and interest that you could encounter without qualified representation. The IRS can audit you by mail, in their offices, or in your office or home. The location of your audit is a good indication of the severity of the audit. Typically, correspondence audits are for missing documents in your tax return that the IRS computers have attempted to find. This type of audit can be handled through the mail with the correct documentation.
The IRS office audit is usually with a Tax Examiner who will request numerous documents and explanations of various deductions. This type of audit may also require you to produce all bank records for a period of time so the IRS can check for unreported income. The IRS audit scheduled for your home or office should be taken even more seriously due to the fact that the IRS auditor is a Revenue Agent. Revenue Agents receive more training and auditing techniques than a typical Tax Examiner. All IRS audits should be taken seriously because they often lead to other tax years and other tax deductions not originally stated in the audit letter. This is called expansion of the audit scope. It is best to have a tax professional represent you at our offices rather than the IRS coming to you!