Have you received a “love letter” from the IRS letting you know you’re being audited? Don’t reach for the antacid. Grab your phone and call Bryson Law Firm, L.L.C. Taxes are a legal issue, so you need a tax attorney. We’ll represent you at an audit. You don’t even have to be there. We’re not like those slick national tax firms who just want your money. We’re local to you in Louisiana and Texas. You know us by name. You’ll get to speak with us for your free initial consultation to talk about your audit.
Bryson Law Firm, L.L.C. has represented hundreds of clients at audits with the IRS and the state of Louisiana. We can also help you if you’re in the middle of a tax audit. If you’ve already met with the IRS auditor and it’s not going your way, don’t give up. It’s your right to stop the audit at any time and request representation.
Remember what we say – taxes are a legal issue. That’s why you need a tax lawyer to represent you at an audit. One wrong word, or a few missing records, can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Your first step is to set up your free initial consultation with Bryson Law Firm, L.L.C. to discuss your case.
What’s the Bryson difference?
We have over 50 years of experience handling audits with the IRS and the state of Louisiana. We’ve handled many complex audits, so you can feel confident we know how to represent you in the audit for your situation.
Local Louisianans and Texans
Whenever you have a question or concern, Bryson Law Firm, L.L.C. is right here in Louisiana and Texas with offices in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Covington, Shreveport, New Orleans, Metairie, Houston, and Austin. You won’t be dealing with some faceless out-of-state firm. These communities are our home, so we’re familiar with the people and the financial situations they face.
Our tax attorneys will go over your records with a fine-tooth comb to make sure we have all the information we need to deliver a strong defense for you. Even if you have incomplete financial records, we can help you reconstruct the necessary documentation. We’ll then place all your information in a well-organized package and provide appropriate explanations for the auditor.
You may think IRS examiners hate it when they have to meet with a tax lawyer. On the contrary. IRS auditors know us by name. They trust us. When we meet with an IRS auditor, they know that we come to the audit prepared to vigorously defend you, with all your paperwork in order and answers to all their questions.
While the chances are slim that you’ll be audited, there are financials situations that increase your chances of being audited.
Some common reasons for being audited include:
- Earning over $200,000 in income
- Owning a small business
- Earning foreign income
- Owning rental property
- Claiming a business vehicle
- Taking a deduction for a home office
We have experience dealing with these and many other matters that may raise a red flag with the IRS.
How Much Information Should You Share with an Auditor?
When meeting with the auditor, it’s important to know what to say…and what not to say. Audits can be nerve-wracking if you’re not used to them. Too much information may cause the IRS auditor to look deeper into your financials.
Sometimes, the auditor may seek information beyond the scope of the audit. We know your rights, and won’t let that happen. An audit may only happen to you once or twice in your lifetime, but we handle them all the time. That’s why you can feel confident we know what to say.
What Happens After the IRS Audit?
There are several possible outcomes you can expect from an audit:
The IRS rules in your favor
It happens many times for our clients. The IRS determines you don’t owe additional taxes. In fact, we’ve had instances where we’ve effectively argued for our clients to receive a refund due to an accounting error.
You agree with the IRS ruling
After reviewing all of your records, you may agree with the auditor that you do, in fact, owe some additional taxes. We will then work with the auditor to arrange a favorable payment arrangement for you.
You disagree with the IRS ruling
We have several avenues we can pursue if you don’t agree with the auditor’s decision. We can request a meeting with the IRS auditor’s supervisor to restate your case. We can appeal the decision to the regional IRS Appeals office. Because the Appeals office is independent from the IRS field office, we can oftentimes reach a more favorable outcome for you there. If the IRS won’t work with us and we’ve exhausted all other options, we can then head to tax court to fight for you.
Don’t Go to an Audit by Yourself
Audits can be stressful situations if you’ve never been through one before. We have. At Bryson Law Firm, L.L.C. we’ve prepared and argued hundreds of cases before IRS and Louisiana state auditors. We can do the same for you. Call or click to set up your free initial consultation with Bryson Law Firm, L.L.C. to get started.