Tax Audit Musings

If you chose to represent yourself in an IRS Examination realize the IRS Revenue Agent (RA) or Tax Compliance Officer (TCO) assigned your file is trained very thoroughly to advocate on behalf of the US Government. One method used quite often is to create a (false) sense of security in the personal interview setting or even…

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IRS Examination Techniques for Cash based business

Since many businesses in industry are cash oriented, have weak internal controls, lack an audit trail, and have inadequate books and records, the examiner’s audit should focus on probing for unreported income.  It is the responsibility of the business owner to maintain the documents needed to verify their reported income.  When the source documents are…

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What to do IF you do not agree with an IRS Examiner

If you do not agree with the proposed changes of your assigned examiner, you tell this to the examiner by saying or writing  ‘I do not agree with your changes.’.  The first thing the examiner must do is explain to you your appeal rights.  If he/she doesn’t you ask for a supervisor. It is in…

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IRS Examination Selection Criteria

Your tax return may be examined for any one of a number of reasons, and the exam can take place in any one of a variety of ways, in a variety of locations, and quite frankly without you even knowing about it.  It really is quite remarkable but your return may be selected for examination…

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Audit Reconsideration Request

‘Audit reconsideration’ requests the IRS to reconsider action it has taken with the taxpayer by allowing the taxpayer to present information that may not have been available to the IRS previously. This procedure is used when an assessment has been made due to an audit of the taxpayer’s return or when the IRS has created…

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IRS Audit Red Flags

The IRS has a computer program that targets certain tax returns for closer examination. It’s called Discriminant Inventory Function System (DIF) and it means that some deductions and credits are more likely to attract the government’s attention than others. Some of these may include: Business Use of Your Car Home Office Deductions High Itemized Deductions…

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