Have you ever filed your taxes and thought once you were done that was the end of it, only to be hit with a tax audit? Being audited can be an annoying and stressful time especially if you have already planned on how you are going to spend your check.
Something that is not common knowledge to most people is that you can in fact initiate your own audit defense by appealing a tax audit. Studies have actually shown that as few as 10 percent of taxpayers appeal their audits. A separate branch was created for situations just like this called the Office of Appeals, whose main goal is to provide a platform for taxpayers who feel as if they should not be audited to plead their case to the IRS by reviewing finished examination reports. It may be worth appealing an audit as it can sometimes reduce or even completely eliminate previously assessed taxes and penalties.
The best thing about appealing a tax audit is that your chances of winning are surprisingly high and if you owe money to the IRS, the appeal will delay the due date of your tax bill which can last for months. This will give you more time to get funds together to pay the bill or work out a payment plan.