The IRS may audit any individual or business whose tax return raised questions about the legitimacy of the credits, deductions, and other information listed. If you don’t know what to expect, the audit process can seem very intimidating. While an audit doesn’t have to be quite the nightmare that it’s sometimes made out to be, it is crucial for you as a taxpayer to understand that you have legal rights throughout this process.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Legal Rights During an IRS Audit
A taxpayer can protect his or her legal rights when subject to an audit by the IRS by taking the following steps:
- Research the applicable tad and legal issues before attending the IRS audit. This can be done by reviewing free IRS publications, commercial tax guides, or consulting with a knowledgeable attorney.
- Carefully read the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, contained in IRS Publication 1. This document will help you understand the rights at your disposal.
- If the audit is going poorly, request a recess. Taxpayers are entitled to request a recess in order to consult with a tax professional who can advocate on the taxpayer’s behalf.
- Request to speak to the auditor’s manager if you believe the auditor is treating you unfairly.
- Consult with an experienced tax attorney who can represent your interests if the issue of tax fraud arises during the audit process.
Even if the audit process has already begun, it is not too late to seek legal representation. For example, we can help you pursue an appeal after an IRS audit if you are not satisfied with the outcome. We encourage you to contact us today for more information at 800.721.7054.