Can’t I take care of my audit by myself?
Although it is possible to represent yourself in an audit, you would be doing yourself a disservice. While the auditor may seem to be on your side, they are only looking to serve the IRS and their own job advancement. They are trained to create high pressure situations for individuals to invite them to incriminate themselves. With the IRS, you are guilty until proven innocent. A tax audit attorney understands what should and shouldn’t be said or done to best protect your rights. Additionally, they have invaluable knowledge of the tax codes, which are incredibly difficult to understand without a lawyer’s training.
Will I have to appear at my audit?
As your legal representative I, Andrew Gordon, can appear in place of you at the IRS tax audit. Furthermore, some income tax audits can be made into correspondence audits so there is no need for anyone to appear. At the very least, we are going to appear by telephone at the audit interview. Telephone interviews are strategically better than personal audits as well. Correspondence audits also allow us to represent you even if we are far from the IRS office in charge of your audit.
What should I do if I’m being audited but don’t have proper records?
If you are without the proper records for an audit, recall your bank accounts and credit cards and list your major purchases. Contact your banks and other financial institutions, hospital, pharmacy, and others you paid throughout the year to obtain copies of your financial records and receipts. Check with your mortgage company for interest expenses for that year; or with your county for personal property taxes paid. Don’t hesitate to call, as the records are usually readily available. You may also request duplicate W-2s or 1099 forms from your employer.