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How to Handle Office Audits

How to Handle Office Audits

During an office audit, you will schedule a meeting and present the IRS auditor with a number of documents requested in advance. ..
How to Handle Field Audits

How to Handle Field Audits

The final kind of IRS audit—the field audit—is the most deadly. The name refers to the fact that it takes place outside the IRS ..
How to Behave at Your Audit – Playing It Cool

How to Behave at Your Audit – Playing It Cool

There are some definite dos and don’ts in dealing with an auditor. This section explores how to handle an IRS auditor. ..
How IRS Appeals Work

How IRS Appeals Work

The appeals mission is to resolve tax controversies, without litigation, on a basis which is fair and impartial. ..
How an Auditor Prepares for an Office or Field Audit, Part 1

How an Auditor Prepares for an Office or Field Audit, Part 1

The IRS knows well the truth of the words of a Supreme Court Justice that “a person can be defined by the checks he writes.” ..
How an Auditor Prepares for an Office or Field Audit, Part 2

How an Auditor Prepares for an Office or Field Audit, Part 2

If the revenue agent is not satisfied with what you have provided the IRS may issue something called a summons. ..
FOIA Request – Getting the Auditor’s File

FOIA Request – Getting the Auditor’s File

You are entitled to a copy of almost everything in your IRS auditor’s file under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. ..
Finalizing an IRS Appeal

Finalizing an IRS Appeal

You may not walk away with a deal from the appeals officer at one sitting. The officer may want more documents from you or to ..
Example of an IRS Appeal

Example of an IRS Appeal

The law says that a sideline business loss can produce a tax write-off as long as the business owner is honestly trying to make ..
Ending an Office or Field Audit

Ending an Office or Field Audit

Generally, there is no stopping an audit once it begins. Once the IRS sends an examination notice to your last known address, ..
Correspondence Audits and Other IRS Notices

Correspondence Audits and Other IRS Notices

If visiting the IRS would cause you great hardship, you can ask that the office audit be held at your home or business. ..
Changing an Audit Form Office, Field or Mail

Changing an Audit Form Office, Field or Mail

If visiting the IRS would cause you great hardship, you can ask that the office audit be held at your home or business. ..
Attending an Office or Field Audit

Attending an Office or Field Audit

Before leaving for your tax audit — or before the revenue agent arrives at your home office— take one last look at your ..
Arguing Your Case in Tax Court

Arguing Your Case in Tax Court

Come to court a little early; judges hate tardiness. It will also give you time to find parking and the right room, and to ..
Appealing Your IRS Tax Audit

Appealing Your IRS Tax Audit

Appealing isn’t especially difficult or timeconsuming. Your chance of getting at least some tax reduction is great. You don’t ..
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Taxes - 1. How long should I keep my tax papers? 2. How long should I worry about ..
Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

In 1988, Congress passed the first of three Taxpayer Bills of Rights. It marks a victory for the little taxpayer. It levels the ..
State Income Taxes

State Income Taxes

All states except Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Tennessee, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming impose an ..
Help Beyond the Book

Help Beyond the Book

This book gives you strategies for coping with most tax problems—audits, bills, and tax court. If you need more help, try any of ..
Penalties and Interest

Penalties and Interest

IRS-imposed penalties and interest charges are discussed throughout the book. A $7,000 tax bill can accumulate $15,000 in ..
Small Business Tax

Small Business Tax

If you are in business for yourself, or you work for someone who is, know that the IRS is watching. There are three major ..
Fraud and Tax Crimes

Fraud and Tax Crimes

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% ..
Family, Heirs and Taxes

Family, Heirs and Taxes

The tax laws contain special rules affecting folks related by blood or marriage, and people who own property together. Tax ..
The Taxpayer Advocate

The Taxpayer Advocate

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 ..
IRS Liens and Levies

IRS Liens and Levies

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 ..
When You Owe the IRS

When You Owe the IRS

According to the IRS, 15% of all taxpayers owe back taxes. And this figure includes only people who have actually filed tax ..
Going to Tax Court

Going to Tax Court

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 ..
Appealing A Tax Audit

Appealing A Tax Audit

The IRS has an administrative procedure for appealing unagreed examination reports to an IRS Appeals Office. The appeals office ..
Winning Your Audit

Winning Your Audit

This chapter deals with the types of IRS audits—both correspondence and face-to-face—that individuals and small business owners ..
Filing Tax Returns

Filing Tax Returns

Over 50% of all people file annual federal income tax returns before April 1 of each year. According to the IRS, about 10% don’t ..
Inside the IRS

Inside the IRS

Provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying ..