First, relax! An IRS audit causes worry, anxiety, fear of the known, and concern over saying something that could inadvertently hurt you. The IRS wants you to feel that way.
Yet you have rights – a lot of them. One of your most important IRS rights is that of legal representation. A tax lawyer can represent you at the audit. Once you have retained a lawyer, all IRS calls and correspondence will go through him or her. A tax lawyer knows what to say, and just as importantly, what not to say. He or she will know what documents to produce, and just as importantly, what can be withheld legally.
Tough tax lawyers usually handle all the talking, writing, documents and negotiations with the IRS agent. And if it is absolutely necessary to invoke the participation of the client, the process will be planned and controlled.
You may find clarity by giving us a call to discuss your situation initially free of charge, or get the Faith Firm free book, How to Get Tax Forgiveness.