For example, one Chicago-based hot-dog-stand owner said his cost of goods sold was 50% of gross receipts, said Robert McKenzie, a partner in the law firm Arnstein & Lehr. “I know Chicago hot dogs are great, but he had a high cost.”
Many tax controversies are better resolved sooner rather than later. Accordingly, it is often to your client’s advantage for you to begin work on the case promptly. Your first goal should be to accurately gather the necessary information. You must control this information gathering process. Otherwise, the client will often inundate you with reams of useless information while neglecting to hand over truly important documents. The initial interview with the client is an important step in your preparation for audit.