One of the problems I'm having is the timing. All the tax people are too
busy to take this on now.
Can I file an amended return while this is going on? If so I will, as
I've found almost as much good I can do as I have errors I can correct.
She sent me a copy of my return. I could not find mine to even see what
she was addressing. Now that I see it I see some are just plain data
entry errors, while others are explainable.
AFAIK, you can still file an amended return. Rather than go to their
office, correspond with them and it may turn out to be a simple mail audit.
If they accept the amended return you are done.
You can also explain that you need professional help and it will not be
available until after April 15. In spite of the horror stories you hear,
they can be reasonable if you are also. Keep in mind, they have a job to do
and a boss to please so they may want to "win" something.
On Mar 6, 8:23 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (N O) wrote:
re: Now I'll have to pay for this
So you've already assumed you've lost? Hmmm...did we do something
wrong and finally get caught?
re: AND come up with the money for 07 soon.
So you haven't been paying your 07 taxes all along?
re: I don't keep very good records.
Snicker snicker...Good Luck!
re: We all know how corrupt the system is
What system is that?
re: including the IRS.
Make sure you bring that up at your meeting. That oughta get you some
Many will tell you to get the services of a CPA, enrolled agent, or
I vote for TAX attorney. Find their national organization and contact a
The advantage for using an attorney is that whatever you tell them is
In our case, I send a backup of our Quickbooks file to the attorney and back
comes our corporate returns (federal and state) signed by someone the IRS
doesn't really want to screw with.
There are hundreds of millions of dollars unaccounted for in Iraq.
And the IRS is looking for chump change on my street..?
If you buy stamps for your business and you use one for a piece of
personal mail, you are in violation of IRS rules... So, who hasn't run
afoul of IRS rules ..
Yea. I have a home office. But it is legit and have had one for over a
And if you're busy making good money, you often don't have time to keep
good records...uh ...that is until you get hit over the head like this
and realize it's cheaper to keep 'em...
I think I'm getting a lawyer. Thanks for all the supportive comments...
"Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" -Groucho Marx
On Thu, 6 Mar 2008 20:23:08 -0500, email@example.com (N O) wrote:
Gather everything you have and anything you think will help. You have
the right to remain silent so I wouldn't "find" anything that hurts.
The last time I got audited I ended up getting $1600 from them because
I did the due dilligence before the audit that I should have done
before the return in collecting and collating all of my documents. The
agent pointed out to me things I could deduct (more accusing than
helping) but once we decided they were valid I made money on the deal.
Some shortcuts I took to make my return simpler actually cost me
If you are reasonable they will be ... at least my guy was.
The place to have asked this question is the tax newsgroup,
The best answer I can give you is "NEVER attend an IRS audit
unless there is an order requiring your attendance. Give a
CPA, an EA (enrolled agent), or a Tax Attorney your power of
attotney (there is a specific form for that) and the IRS is
not allowed to deal with you directly."
Better put - don't get into a tiger cage unless you know
how to fight off a tiger.
Richard D. Adams, CPA (retired)
Moderator - misc.taxes.moderated
I would imagine that if you intended to file your taxes correctly, but just
did not know about all the rules at the time, then I suppose that would be
quite a common thing. Probably will be just a learning experience. Might as
well bite the bullet and learn how you need to do these things in the
But if you tried to cheat, then that is another matter.
I help my friends with their taxes. It is quite obvious to me if they are
doing something wrong because they do not understand these things as opposed
to someone who is intentionally trying to cheat.
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