It is a crime to cheat on your taxes. In a recent year, however, fewer than 2,000 people were convicted of tax crimes —0.0022% of all taxpayers.
The tax laws contain special rules affecting folks related by blood or marriage, and people who own property together. Tax duties don’t end with your death.
You’ve tried to solve your problem with the IRS, but no one seems to want to help. So whom can you call? The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS).
If you don’t deal with the IRS using any of the options discussed in Chapter 6, “When You Owe the IRS,” you are likely to face IRS enforced collection measures.
According to the IRS, 15% of all taxpayers owe back taxes. And this figure includes only people who have actually filed tax returns.
You lost your audit and did not reach a settlement with the IRS on appeal. What’s next? You have two choices—you can accept your fate or you can go to court.
The IRS has an administrative procedure for appealing unagreed examination reports to an IRS Appeals Office. The appeals office has nearly 2,000 employees.
This chapter deals with the types of IRS audits—both correspondence and face-to-face—that individuals and small business owners are most likely to face.
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