The Peck Group, LC
  • Comprehensive Tax Law Representation Since 1995

    We handle every aspect of tax law: preparing tax returns, representing clients during audits, resolving IRS and state tax controversies, and creating tax planning strategies for the future.

  • Problems With The IRS Or State Tax

    Our attorneys are committed to providing efficient and effective tax solutions for individuals and businesses in Georgia and nationwide.

  • Planning For The Future

    Our lawyers help individuals and businesses with all aspects of estate and tax planning. We help our clients use proactive strategies to minimize tax implications in the future

  • Changing The Balance Of Power

    Does it feel like the government has all the power? Taxpayers have rights, too. We use our knowledge of tax law to shift the balance of power and ensure that your rights are protected.

  • Tax Solutions … And Peace Of Mind

Three things you can do to protect yourself in an audit

Few people enjoy filing their taxes. Even fewer look forward to the possibility of an audit. But unfortunately, anyone can find themselves randomly chosen to have their financial records pored over by the IRS or the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Here are three ways you can protect your rights and have a better chance of getting through an audit unscathed:

1. Stay calm

Receiving a letter from the IRS is enough to make anyone nervous. But, take the time to gather all the records you need and consult with an expert before agreeing to meet with an auditor. You can even request additional time. And remember, the IRS will never call or text you. A legal audit notice will only come via mail. 

2. Enlist professional help

In an audit, you can choose to either personally deal with the IRS or hire someone to represent you. In fact, you can even have your tax professional go without you. Having an expert on your side prevents the auditor from getting more information from you than they are entitled to obtain.

3. Offer only the information requested

Provide the documentation and information the auditor asks for - nothing more, nothing less. Answer their questions honestly, but don’t volunteer additional information. The relevant documents often include:

  • Receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Loan agreements
  • Employment documents

Auditors can tell if someone is nervous or overwhelmed, don’t let them take advantage of you.

Remember you still have rights

Providing the right information while protecting your rights is much more comfortable with an advocate on your side. Many tax preparers offer audit defense services, or you can enlist the help of an attorney. If you receive an audit notice from the IRS, keep calm and remember these tips.

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