Part V: Audit Problems (Problems 14-20)

One of the most stressful aspects of dealing with the IRS is the tax audit.

One of the many polls and surveys conducted by a national news bureau showed that the overwhelming majority of adults would rather undergo a root canal than endure a tax audit. In the IRS's own…

The bad news is that the IRS's audit results are wrong a good share of the time. Historically, I have claimed those results are wrong up to 50 percent of the time. However, General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) studies of the IRS's audit and appeals data show the results are wrong as much as 60 to 90 percent of the time, depending upon the issue. In my testimony to the Senate Finance Committee during its hearings on IRS abuse, I documented nine specific ways tax auditors take unfair advantage of people to get more money than they owe. In short, auditors use bluff and intimidation, misinformation and disinformation and in many cases, they simply lie to achieve increased tax assessments.

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