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Few events inspire more dread than an IRS tax audit. Even if you’re confident you’ve accounted for every cent of income and only taken legitimate deductions, it’s hard not to worry what a close examination of your tax returns might uncover – not to mention the time spent tracking down old records.
Here are a few pointers to help allay your fears and better prepare in case you should ever get chosen for the dreaded IRS audit:
There are three basic types of IRS audits:
Correspondence audit, which is conducted entirely by mail. You’ll receive a letter from the IRS asking for additional information about specific items on your tax return.
Field audit, where an IRS agent comes to your home or business to examine records and observe where you work.
Office audit, where you must be interviewed at an IRS office.
According to Chris Kollaja, a certified public accountant and partner at A.L. Nella & Company in San Francisco, California, if you’re having a correspondence audit and you feel your records are too voluminous to mail, you can request a face-to-face audit.
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