An IRS or State tax audit can quickly become complicated and dangerous. While you may be led to believe hiring a lawyer is too expensive, consulting with a tax attorney from Anderson & Jahde is one of the safest decisions you can make and can save you time and money. Our experience in dealing with the IRS and State of Colorado lets us unravel complicated situations, ease fear and lessen confusion. We always strive to find creative and direct administrative solutions to your tax problem and will stay by your side through every step along the way.
The tax audit is your opportunity to convince the State or IRS that your return is correct. Unfortunately, many taxpayers instinctively turn to an accountant to represent them during audits. Mistakes made during the audit can leave you no choice but to litigate and may seriously damage your chance of success. We settle more than 90% of our cases because we understand the entire process, we are strong advocates and we never give up.
We can limit your exposure during an audit, convince the IRS of your position, and establish facts and law that will benefit you should your controversy proceed to the next phase. It is our understanding of that next phase that leads to our success in resolving cases during an audit. With former IRS Counsel attorneys who settled numerous cases for the IRS, we know what it takes to resolve your issue.
Understanding IRS Audits
An IRS audit is an examination of an individual’s or business’s financial information and records to ensure they have reported their income and expenses accurately and paid the correct amount of taxes. Audits can happen for a variety of reasons, including random selection, anomalies in tax returns, and red flags triggered by certain deductions or credits.
Why You Might Be Audited
The IRS selects tax returns for audit for various reasons, including:
- Mathematical Errors: Simple math errors can trigger an audit.
- Unreported Income: Failing to report all income, such as freelance earnings or rental income, can raise red flags.
- High Deductions: Claiming excessive deductions compared to your income can lead to scrutiny.
- Inconsistent Information: Conflicting information in your tax return or between different documents can result in an audit.
- Random Selection: Sometimes, the IRS conducts random audits to ensure compliance across the board.