IRS Audits: What NOT to Do

Prior to an audit, the IRS already holds certain information about you, including your submitted tax returns, where you live, what banks you use, and how much you earn, among other prominent financial details. Beyond that, there’s really very little that they know about you. When faced with an interview, here’s what you shouldn’t do in order to help your case.

Don’t volunteer any information

When talking to an IRS auditor, your anxiety and nerves could get the best of you, causing you to say something that could inadvertently hurt your case. Don’t give in to this temptation and make sure you limit your answers only to what’s being asked.

Don’t lie to the IRS

While you may be tempted to alter receipts and provide the IRS with false information, do not do this under any circumstances. Know that doing so is a legal offense, and getting caught for such actions comes with dire consequences. And don’t even think of bribing or threatening your IRS agent; you’ll only get yourself in hot water and jeopardize your chances of overcoming your tax issues with ease.

Don’t believe that the IRS is always right

When the IRS sends you a notice, thoroughly examine your tax return for the year in question and compare your findings with that of the IRS. If you disagree, submit you documentation that supports your opinion. Don’t hesitate to contradict the IRS. Seek representation from a legal professional if you have to.

 

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