Most people question whether they should represent themselves in an IRS audit or hire a tax attorney to represent them. The answer is simple: hire a tax attorney. Taxpayers will benefit tremendously from securing a professional tax expert to represent them before the IRS. Even if the tax expert doesn’t bring you a successful outcome, they often reduce, if not eliminate, any additional fee the IRS expected you to promptly pay.

Another reason not avoid represent yourself is because you might say something that will be self-incriminating and not even realize, until it is too late. Hiring a tax attorney will help you avoid making that mistake. Tax attorneys are experienced in dealing with the IRS and understand and practice tax law as a career. There is no better representation then that of a tax attorney. Auditors will also word phrases intentionally to trick you into confessing something you otherwise would not have, whereas if you had a tax expert representing you they could be ignorant to some of the questions asked, consult with you and then respond to the auditor.

Protecting your rights is another reason why you should not represent yourself. IRS auditors know that taxpayers who represent themselves are not knowledgeable of their rights and they will use that to their advantage. With a tax attorney on your side, your rights will always be protected. This can be crucial because taxpayers never want to overexpose themselves and expand the scope of their audit. Not only is it more time consuming, but it also adds more unnecessary stress to your already busy life. There are times that representing yourself can be beneficial, but for the most part having a licensed professional representing you is the best shot you have to have a successful IRS audit.