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TAX NOTICES, AUDITS, AND COLLECTION NOTES

Blood’s not thicker than money.

—GROUCHO MARX

This chapter will walk you through some of the routine or terrifying interactions you will have with the IRS. Whenever you get notices about audits or owing money, don’t just ignore the notices. Always address them. If you are afraid or uncomfortable about dealing with the IRS alone, engage the services of a good local tax professional who understands how to handle audit or collections issues. Not all tax pros do. Ask them to tell you how much experience they have—and if they’ve been successful. If they complain about all their problems with the IRS, move ...

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