Tax audits are stressful, tedious, and complicated. Don’t try to go through this process alone. Partner with Kugelman Law and let us do the hard work for you.
What is a Tax Audit?
A tax audit is a comprehensive investigation into your tax returns, finances, and personal data conducted by the IRS to make sure that your returns are accurate and complete. The IRS performs tax audits on around one million United States taxpayers every single year.
During an audit, the auditor will request relevant records and documentation items. The auditor may also interview, and even summons, taxpayers for testimony. This information will be used to justify the auditor’s conclusion.
The Consequences of Being Audited
If you are selected for auditing by the IRS, then you will be subject to whatever penalties the IRS imposes on you if they find your tax records to be incomplete or fraudulent. Additionally, you will be responsible for paying any back taxes that it claims you owe.
If you do not agree with your tax audit results, then you have an option to file a tax appeal with the IRS Office of Appeals. The appeals officer will consider your information to evaluate the “hazards of litigation” for both sides. In other words, the appeals officer will consider the weaknesses of your and IRS’ positions. This should lead to some offer by appeals to resolve the case.
If you do not agree with proposed resolution, then you can petition the U.S. Tax Court. However, you only have 90 days from the time of the Notice of Deficiency to do this. The burden of proof will also fall on you in Tax Court to prove that the IRS was wrong. This is because IRS tax audits are presumed to be correct until proven otherwise.
Let Kugelman Law Counsel You Through the Tax Audit Process
Our team can serve as your counsel for any part of the tax audit process. Our goal is to use our tax expertise and legal skill to minimize the total cost to you while leveraging the process in your favor. We will approach your tax audit with your emotional and financial well being in mind.
If you are interested in having Kugelman Law counsel and represent you through your IRS audit, then please feel free to call us at any of the following numbers to get started today:
San Francisco Office – 415.548.1125
Irvine Office – 949.371.5255
Marin Office – 415.548. 1125