Help! I Got an IRS Audit Notice

*The following article was updated in March 2024*

An IRS audit can be a scary thing. When you receive an IRS audit notice, depending on the type of audit, it’s important to read the notice. It’s important to understand exactly what the IRS is looking at. Generally speaking, you can see the audit notice and the items that they’re interested in looking at for an office audit, because it will be listed on the return and listed on the audit notice. When you go into the audit, it’s very important that you provide the information that the auditor has requested. It’s important if you had a $10,000 expense, that you explain to the auditor how you got to that $10,000. If you don’t happen to have all of the receipts, that would be fine. We can go back and explain why you don’t have the receipts. But you have to explain to the IRS why you put that line item why you put that $10,000 on your tax return. You as the taxpayer, as the business owner, have the burden of proof. You have to prove the expenses that you took on your tax return.

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Allison Soares

Allison Soares, a renowned tax attorney, excels in representing clients before the IRS, FTB, EDD, and CDTFA. With a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a transformative teaching stint in Brazil, Allison’s diverse background enriches her legal expertise. She pursued law at St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, complementing it with an MBA in accounting and forensic accounting. Further honing her skills, she obtained a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. As an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, Allison imparts her knowledge in tax procedures, practice, and ethics. Her accolades include being named Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal and multiple Super Lawyer recognitions. Committed to community service, she volunteers with Forever Balboa Park and Friends of Balboa Park. Allison’s authoritative contributions in tax law are showcased through her publications and speaking engagements.

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