Probably no one but me noticed the new IRS video on Audits. The well-funded production includes actors playing IRS agents and taxpayer in sample scenes from an audit. It was actually very well-produced but suggests your duty to cooperate extends to any request they desire. This is simply not true.
The video is very misleading and portrays taxpayers as agreeing to improper IRS actions. It makes it seem that you must agree with the IRS.
The IRS has devoted a substantial portion of their resources to convince you they can be trusted. They have created a YouTube Channel. They have created complete website subdirectory for their advice in an audit.
The problem is that they persistently imply that they are open to your suggestions but they NEVER help you advance your case. They simply reject your deductions and state how concerned they are for your well-being!
Our office would never allow the IRS to trample on the rights of taxpayers. We have a great working relationship with the IRS because they know that we are honest and we do not allow them to rule a case.
We can win cases against the IRS quickly and for low cost because we know exactly what procedures and evidence is necessary to win. The IRS knows not to question us.
That's how we save you money. Go ahead and look at the new IRS video but please do not depend on it for good tax advice.
J. David Hopkins, JD, LLM
President, TaxHelp, Inc.