Tips for an IRS Audit


While most of us are never audited, when it happens it can feel a lot like a lamb thrown in the room with a lion. The IRS auditor does these audits every day. They know what to look for and can ask leading questions that you may easily answer incorrectly. So what are some good tips when you are in the cross-hairs of an IRS audit?

  • Address correspondence issues with the IRS timely. Do not let the problem get to a point that a face-to-face examination is required.
  • Ask for help. Do this right away. Too many clients think the problem is easy to resolve, but inadvertently say the wrong thing or open another audit issue inadvertently.  Call a professional CPA firm like Lefstein-Suchoff CPA & Associates, LLC.
  • Understand what is being asked. Clearly understanding the core question can simplify the solution. Why is the IRS asking to see your 1099’s? Do they have a form that you do not? Why are they asking about your small business profits? Are they thinking your business is a hobby?
  • See the Audit the way the way the IRS auditor is trained to see it. The IRS has certain areas in which they focus training for their auditors.  Common categories targeted, for which the IRS has technical guides for:

* Architects

* Art Galleries

* Attorneys

* Business Consultants

* Capitalization versus Repairs

* Cash Based Business

* Child Care Provider

* Construction

* Research Credits

* Farmers

* Hobbies (activity not engaged for profit)

* Lawsuit Awards/Settlement

* Ministers

* Partnerships

* Retail

* Veterinary Medicine

* Winery/Vineyards

We are experienced in representing taxpayers in IRS audits.  If you are unsure, please call us for a free consultation at 201-947-8081 or 646-688-2807.

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