Are You Being Audited by the IRS?
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Are You Being Audited by the IRS?

It can be a little scary. You have recently received a letter from the IRS requesting an audit of a past tax return. It happens countless times throughout Florida.  For many people, it can be extremely stressful. Before you jump to conclusions and start thinking about the worst-case scenarios, it is important to understand not all IRS inquiries mean you are facing charges of tax fraud or delinquency.

The truth is many IRS audits are the result of a simple human error, whether it is committed by the tax preparer or the information you have provided. According to the tax committee chairman of  National Conference of CPA Advisors, the government would prefer not to waste time conducting audits. So why are you receiving a letter of inquiry from the IRS? Here are some answers.

First, it’s important to understand there are two types of audits – the in-person audit and the correspondence audit. The correspondence audit is the most common type of audit. In many cases, the person receiving the IRS notification never even realizes they are being audited. The in-person audit is exactly what it implies. You will be requested to meet with an IRS agent to discuss your past tax return. The majority of these tax problems are easy to resolve and simply require a check for underpaid taxes.

But when it comes to tax problems, not every case is the same. We are all human and that means mistakes are going to occur. Not only can a tax preparer accidently provide the wrong information to the IRS, it’s also possible for the IRS to make errors. Because these situations can sometimes get complicated, it is essential to have an experienced and knowledgeable tax attorney on your side. The reasons are simple. First, most people do not understand their rights when it comes to dealing with the IRS. We have all heard the stories about  how the IRS can be ruthless. But the government is not interested in placing people into difficult financial situations. It simply wants the money you owe. Whether you owe back taxes or have a variety of tax problems, having the right tax lawyer on your side can make the difference between resolving your tax problems or facing harsh penalties.

Beware of scams!

Too many people throughout the Sunshine State fall victims to IRS-related scams, particularly the elderly. Many of these scam artists will pose as IRS agents and leave threatening messages of having you arrested. Alway remember, the IRS will never make a phone call to your home about an audit or tax problem. If the government has any questions about a past tax return, they will contact you through the mail. All IRS letters of inquiry will contain an official seal to ensure proper identity. If you receive a threatening call from a person claiming to be an IRS agent, report the call to the authorities immediately.

Only about 1% people in Florida will receive an IRS audit. If you are one of those recipients, there is no need to panic. Follow the specific instructions to resolve your issue. But if your tax problems are more complicated, the best decision is to contact an experienced Florida tax attorney with a significant track record of protecting the rights of their client and looking out for the best interest of each client. Contact the Fort Lauderdale tax law office of Zuckerman Law LLC today and regain your peace of mind.


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