Receiving an IRS Audit letter in the mail can be intimidating to many people. Audits take significant time away from your business and family, requiring you to gather various records substantiating every item being audited. How this information is organized and presented can save a lot of time on the audit, and reduce/eliminate unnecessary audit adjustments, or queries into other areas of your return. So, it is important to be thorough, complete and organized with the presentation of the information, along with understanding the tax laws and what is allowed and what is questionable.
The IRS can become very detailed in its mission to determine the accuracy of your tax return. If your information is not organized up front, it will give them a reason to open the audit up into more areas based on the presumption that, if you are not organized and accurate in the areas under review, then it may apply to other deductions on your return as well.
Most taxpayers prefer to have a representative meet with the IRS on their behalf, which helps the taxpayer from getting emotionally involved with the auditor and their requests. It also provides a buffer of time to make a complete and proper response to any questions, instead of "off the cuff" answers. Some IRS Auditors are trained to extract as much information from you as possible and can play on your lack of knowledge of the tax law and your rights to their advantage.
Rarely do our clients even have to talk with the IRS. We handle it all for you so that you need not take time off of your business or job to handle the bureaucracy and paperwork. You simply forward notification of your audit to us. We can review and give you some general parameters on what might be involved, both with cost and documentation.