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.
In Robert E. McKenzie‘s latest blog for Forbes’ “IRS Watch,” he explains Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) that the IRS relies upon for ensuring consistency. According to Mr. McKenzie, the ATGs contain examination techniques, common and unique industry issues, business practices, industry terminology and other information to assist examiners in performing examinations. They come in handy when a business taxpayer is subject to an IRS examination.
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