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.
However, some tax law experts said it is possible to reach some rough financial estimations. Robert McKenzie, a partner at Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago, estimated that the low range of income Romney reported for 2010 indicates a likely breakdown of $4.8 million taxed at the 15% rate and just over $5 million taxed at the normal, higher rate.