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Audit Technique Guide

Many taxpayers fear that aggressive deductions wave flags in front of IRS auditors and quite often I am asked what the chances are of being audited as if my opinion is some sort of a benchmark. The fact of the matter is that every tax return...

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)...

I've worked with many good people inside the IRS on a wide variety of cases. So please do not get me wrong I'm not bashing ALL IRS employees. However like any big bloated bureaucracy I've also worked with some real shit heads inside the IRS...

According to IRS administrative guidelines to its examiners concerning Rev. Rul. 2012-18, published in the 2012-26 Internal Revenue Bulletin, when performing a tip examination (aka audit), IRS examiners must ensure that service fees or charges are properly characterized as wages and not tips. If the payment is...

Check out Mitt Romney's 2010 tax return and learn how he does it. The most important lesson I learned in perusing his return (besides the significance of sheltering your $$ outside of the USA) is the immediate impact of targeted charitable contributions. In my professional opinion the...

In January 2011 IRS agents began to audit Quickbooks data files and will require a copy of your QuickBooks data, if used, to help them with the audit. YIKES! These are some of my suggestions to prepare for a tax audit involving Quickbooks. Make an annual backup that matches...

IF you find yourself 'running out of time' on the 90 day period, filing a tax court petition and paying court fees and representing yourself pro-se or hiring a tax court lawyer are last choice decisions. They are costly and tax court I hate to...

Regardless of the type of restaurant one fact that is consistent when it comes to IRS audits is that all restaurants have numerous sales transactions with small(er) dollar amounts, taking place in a short time frame, such as during lunch or dinner. Many restaurants, especially...

This audit was initiated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to determine whether minimum probes for unreported income during sole proprietor audits are conducted in accordance with IRS policies and procedures.  This audit was conducted as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Annual...

The Internal Revenue Service has started accepting taxpayer records in electronic format from small businesses using Intuit’s QuickBooks and Sage’s Peachtree accounting software for audits and examinations. Electronic files should be provided on a CD, DVD, or flash/jump drive to ensure security of the files. E-mail...