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10 IRS Audit Red Flags

10 "Red Flags" that Can Trigger an IRS Audit

If any of the below applies to you or your business, your tax return will potentially be flagged for an audit. It is important to note that just because one or several red flags exist on a taxpayer’s returns, that doesn’t mean they will be audited. However, there are certain things that make one’s risk of an audit increase exponentially, by piquing the IRS’s interest.
Know Your Enemy, Part 1: What Exactly Is The IRS?

Know Your Enemy, Part 1: What Exactly Is The IRS?

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; 
If you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; 
If you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle."
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

3 Strategies for Getting Out Of IRS Audits

4 Strategies for Beating IRS Audits

When faced with an IRS audit, an effective strategy can be the key to obtaining a favorable outcome for the taxpayer. Early in the audit process, the taxpayer or his or her qualified representative should consider the policy against repetitive examination, the IRS policy on reopening examinations, and the various statutes of limitations that apply to examination of the taxpayer’s records and books.

High Income Earners Facing IRS Audits Get New Guide - eBook The IRS Audit Roadmap

High Income Earners Facing IRS Audits Get New Guide

San Diego, CA May 15, 2014 - William D. Hartsock, the Chairman of the San Diego County Bar Association, Pro Se Program and tax attorney of over 30 years and owner of, has published “The IRS Audit Roadmap - What you must know to avoid wrong turns when navigating an IRS audit” on Amazon this week. Long regarded by his peers and clients as the preeminent tax attorney in San Diego, Mr. Hartsock has created this work as an indispensable guide for anyone facing an audit and to address a growing need among high-income earners.

When the IRS Reopens Closed Tax Cases

Reopening Closed Tax Cases

In rare cases, the IRS may decide to audit a taxpayer’s return more than once. The reopening of a closed case is typically unfavorable to the taxpayer.

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What is the Statute of Limitations on an IRS Audit?

The Statute of Limitations on an IRS Audit

Generally, the IRS can include returns filed within the last three years in an audit.  According to information contained on the IRS website, the IRS tries to audit tax returns as soon as possible after they are filed. This means that most IRS audits will be of returns filed within the last two years.

Options when you Disagree with the IRS Audit Results

What Do I Do if I Disagree with the IRS Audit Results?

At the conclusion of the IRS audit, you will receive communication from the IRS regarding the auditor’s findings. Depending on the audit’s findings and how you wish to proceed, you have several options.

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What Happens at the Conclusion of an Audit?

At the conclusion of the audit, the taxpayer will receive an official decision from the IRS. The taxpayer has several choices regarding how to respond to the IRS official decision, depending on the type of decision the IRS issues.

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The Fast Track Settlement – Resolving Tax Debt After An Audit

The Fast Track Settlement process is a program recently made available to self-employed individuals and small businesses. This program allows qualified taxpayers to quickly settle their debt after an IRS audit through alternative dispute resolution methods. By electing to participate in Fast Track Settlement, a taxpayer loses none of his or her rights and may still elect to proceed to an appeal if the settlement measures are unsuccessful.

Understanding The Scope of an IRS Audit

The Scope of an IRS Audit

How Does the IRS Determine the Scope of the Audit?

The IRS examiner performing the audit will select items that are worthy of examination. In selecting items for examination, the IRS examiner will choose items on the taxpayer’s tax return so that, with reasonable certainty, all items necessary for a substantially proper determination of tax liability can be considered.


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