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Dealing with the IRS

There are few things people dread more than dealing with the IRS.  They are unyielding and relentless in their pursuit to obtain what they feel is owed to them.  Even celebrities like Wesley Snipes can’t avoid their reach.  Despite years of challenging them, he eventually was found guilty of failing to file federal income tax returns.  This led to him spending three years in prison as a penalty for his tax issues.

While most people don’t end up in prison when taking on the IRS as Snipes did, that doesn’t mean the IRS won’t make life as miserable as possible.  Once they have their sights set on someone, they can be ruthless when trying to get their money.

The federal tax code is too complicated for most people to handle on their own

Not only is the IRS willing to try anything possible to get money they think is owed but they also make it extremely complicated and confusing.  The federal tax code is now 74,608 pages long!  The code has grown a whopping 187 times bigger over the last 100 years.  It has almost tripled over the last three decades alone which includes over 3,000 pages being added just as a result of Obamacare.  If it continues to grow at this pace it will top 100,000 pages within the next 35 years.

With so many possible complications it’s easy to find yourself on the wrong side of the fence with the IRS.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being audited, what is the best way to proceed?  There are some basic steps to help you prepare for dealing with the IRS.  The first thing you need to do is get prepared.  This includes doing a few things.  Start with getting everything you could possibly need ready.  Get all of your paperwork together and organized as neatly as possible.  Once you have that organized, research what rights you have.  Knowing what rights are in place to protect you is your responsibility.  The IRS is there to get their money, not to inform you of your rights.

Get help from a tax law professional

After this it’s usually time to meet.  For the meeting it’s always best to meet off site somewhere.  During the meeting make sure not to offer up any information without being prompted.  Don’t be deceptive, but make them ask you for the information they are after.  While doing this be aware of the situation and how they are acting towards you.  If there is an easy resolution that’s great but be prepared for the situation to drag on.

Many times when the IRS either audits you or comes after you it’s critical to handle it correctly from the start.  People try to resist bringing an expert tax attorney to save money.  What they don’t realize is that this hesitation could end up costing a lot more in the long run.  It’s better to look at this as an investment rather than bill or loss.  Finding an expert who understands the intricacies of tax laws can save you money, time, and stress.  Look for experts that specialize and are certified to work specifically on tax issues.  This means they have the training and experience to help you get the best resolution possible.  Jordan Wilcox is a Utah-based tax attorney that is also a certified tax resolution specialist through the ASTPS.  His training and extensive experience will help you end up with best possible outcome for your situation.