The vast majority of audits are now conducted via correspondence, according to the Business News Daily article published on Dec. 19.
In the article, Press indicated taxpayers facing an audit need not appear before the IRS, nor even communicate directly with them, as long as a power-of-attorney form is submitted, authorizing a CPA or tax attorney to communicate in the taxpayer’s stead. It’s part of what is known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, he says in the article.
The Business News Daily also interviewed Scott Berger of Kaufmin Rossin in Boca Raton, who suggested that there is little to be gained in a taxpayer directly communicating with the IRS.
Find out more, including items in a tax return that could trigger an audit: What is a tax audit? (Business News Daily, 12/19/16)