A convergence of global forces has resulted in a substantial increase in the number and size of tax audits, assessments, and disputes with revenue authorities locally, nationally & worldwide. Virtually no area of tax enforcement has escaped this phenomenon, which includes direct taxes, indirect taxes, penalties, fees & direct taxes (e.g., VAT and GST, domestic and international) , as well as specialist areas such as customs, tax fraud, and white collar tax issues. This new situation places a premium on audit and dispute prevention techniques because local, national & multinational companies are under constant competitive pressure to structure business operations effectively and efficiently. Larger companies need to develop coordinated approaches to audits and disputes, adopt preventative measures (such as pre-filing rulings and enhanced relationships with certain revenue authorities), and leverage both traditional and new alternative dispute resolution techniques in order to achieve the best possible results.
We have studied IRS auditing practices, and we are very cognizant of the issues that trigger tax audits. We avoid them like the plague. Knock on wood, we don’t get audited much. We may be the least audited firm in the country. We’ve never had a bad outcome on audit. The last audit we had, three years ago, there were no changes.
If and when you get an audit letter, send it to us and we’ll handle the entire audit. We may allow the IRS to have an initial interview with you, but that’s it. After that, we won’t allow any contact between you & the IRS. We’ll keep you in the loop and pass on any settlement offers they may make. This approach has always worked well for us and our clients. It’s still the best approach.