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IRS Tax audit CPA discusses common Defense Strategies | IRS Notices | S Corporations

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Gary Bode, CPA: every tax audit is unuque but I've presented some common sense issues that apply to most auidts. (910) 399-2705.

Every IRS tax audit CPA says it’s better to prevent an audit. But let’s review some common defense strategies if you receive an IRS Notice.

Alright, I received an IRS Notice. What do I do?

  • Don’t panic. While every tax audit CPA says any audit is a big deal, many aren’t a big deal if they’re handled correctly.
  • Relax. Most IRS audits are “correspondence audits” which are low-level, computer automated inquiries.
  • Recognize the IRS uses random audits to help establish their own internal audit standards. So, they may not think your return has errors. They might just want to look at corroborating documentation.
  • Carefully read the IRS Notice. Then read it again. Then have a friend read it.
  • Take it seriously. The IRS won’t just go away. Some response and resolution is required.
  • Decide if you need to hire a tax audit CPA to represent you. Not every case audit requires CPA representation.

“The IRS is right until you prove them wrong. Sometimes CPA representation is prudent even if you’re completely innocent.”
– Gary Bode, tax audit CPA

  • Understand the timeline. The IRS is generous with audit timelines. But you lose rights once you miss a deadline.
  • You can ask for more time. I think most tax audit CPAs do this automatically.
  • Don’t assume they’re right. The IRS mission is so complex, mistakes are inevitable.
  • Don’t assume you’re right.
  • Understand the issue(s).
  • Verify the issue.
  • Research the issues.

“Don’t volunteer unrequested information that could widen the scope of the audit.” 
 – Gary Bode, tax audit CPA

  • Computer automated tax audits are frustrating. Patience is a virtue.
  • I’ve seen clients waste months on bitterness over a $150 issue.
  • Don’t be abusive.
  • Be proactive with your defense strategy. A tax audit CPA tries to build an air tight case to prove you are correct. This defense and documentation should be clear and logical.
  • Ask for rebates on penalties.
  • Consider an Offer in Compromise to pay less than what you owe, if in fact you do owe.
  • Consider an Installment Agreement if you do owe taxes.
  • Don’t forget your State will need attention for the same issue.

I’m a tax audit CPA with a virtual office to provide top-notch service wherever you live. Please read a few audit prevention and/or audit defense postings on this website to get a feel for what I do and how I do it. For a free phone consult please call (910) 399-2705.

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