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RICHARD CARPENTER
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TAX AUDIT ATTORNEY SAN DIEGO
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TAX ATTORNEY AND LAW PROFESSOR
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CERTIFIED TAX LAW SPECIALIST
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NAMED A "SUPER LAWYER" FOR NINE CONSECTUTIVE YEARS (2008 to 2016)
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PUT MY 30 YEARS OF TAX LAW EXPERIENCE TO WORK FOR YOU.

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IRS TAX AUDIT HELP

AUDITS ON THE RISE...

During the past year, the IRS audited nearly 2 million tax returns and recommended over 29 BILLION dollars in additional tax and penalties.

WHY YOUR TAX RETURN GOT SELECTED FOR AUDIT

In general, tax returns are selected for audit for several reasons:

  • The main reason is the IRS strongly believes that your tax return has errors in it. The IRS uses a computer system to grade tax returns for errors and it also compares your tax return to other similar tax returns for variances. Most taxpayers get selected for audit because the IRS computer system suspects that your tax return has large errors in it. 
  • Small business owners and self-employed taxpayers also have a substantially higher chance of audit than those taxpayers that only receive a W-2 paycheck at work.
  • Taxpayers who claim losses on their tax returns also get audited more frequently than others.
  • Some taxpayers get selected for audit solely because of who prepared their tax return. The IRS has determined that some tax preparers don't follow the rules correctly and they select their clients tax returns for audit. Thus, your tax return could have been selected for audit without any fault of you - simply because the IRS doesn't like your tax preparer.

NEVER REPRESENT YOURSELF IN AN AUDIT

Beware of the hidden dangers in an IRS audit. It is not a "neutral" proceeding.  The IRS Agent represents the Government - not you.  Their job is to locate mistakes in your tax return.  Most IRS agents will take advantage of you if they sense that you don't understand the rules.  For example, the IRS agent will usually try to use the audit interview process to obtain damaging admissions from you, so that the IRS can propose large audit changes against you and assert penalties at the audit's conclusion.  IRS agents are specially trained in tax law and they deal with tax audits every day. On the other hand, you are not trained to deal with an IRS tax audit. So, if you represent yourself in an IRS audit, the IRS agent will have a clear advantage over you. Don't make a big mistake by representing yourself in an IRS tax audit.  


NEVER HAVE YOUR TAX PREPARER REPRESENT YOU IN THE AUDIT

You should NEVER have your tax preparer represent you in the audit.
  • The IRS selected your tax return for audit because they believe it has large errors in it.  Your tax preparer should have spotted these "trouble areas" in advance and talked to you about it before you filed your tax return with the IRS.  Obviously parer lacked the training and experience to spot those "trouble areas" on your tax return.  So why would you even consider using your tax preparer to represent you in your audit?  I will carefully review your tax return for trouble areas before the audit begins and take appropriate steps to put your best tax position forward in the audit.
  •   Your tax preparer also lacks the necessary experience to deal with the IRS.  Your tax preparer has been trained to prepare tax returns, not to fight with the IRS.  Your tax return preparer earns his/her living by preparing tax returns.  I earn my living by representing taxpayers before the IRS. Put my 30 years of experience in IRS tax audit help to work for you.
  •   It is also possible that your tax preparer made some errors on your tax return.  So is your tax preparer going to have your best interest in the audit ... or ... is your tax preparer going to try to hide those errors from you?  Since I didn't prepare your tax return, my loyalty is 100% on your side.
  •   As I mentioned above, some taxpayers get selected for audit solely because of who prepared their tax return. So if the IRS has already determined that your tax preparer doesn't follow the rules correctly, you certainly don't want him or her representing you at the audit.

If you are in need of IRS tax audit help, I can help you.  I am San Diego tax audit attorney Richard Carpenter.  I represent more San Diego taxpayers in IRS tax audits than anyone in San Diego.  Put my 30 years of tax audit experience to work for you.


DID YOU KNOW THAT ...
  • The IRS generally has only a 3-year time period to make changes to a tax return already filed.
  • Under certain circumstances, the IRS can extend the statute of limitations period from 3 years to 6 years.
  • The IRS sometimes uses "indirect methods" to prove that you didn't report all of your income.
  • Negotiation skills play an important part in obtaining the best possible audit results.
  • Every taxpayer has the right to appeal their IRS audit findings.

SAN DIEGO TAX LAWYER RICHARD CARPENTER CAN HELP YOU BY ...

  • Communicating directly with the IRS, so that you don't have to meet or talk with them.
  • Carefully reviewing your tax return to spot "trouble" areas before the audit begins.
  • Planning an effective overall IRS tax audit strategy.
  • Presenting your position in the most favorable light possible.
  • Having the audit at my office to avoid any disruption to your business and possible embarrassment to you in front of your employees and customers.
  • Challenging any IRS attempt to extend the statute of limitations period to 6 years.
  • Challenging any IRS attempt to "indirectly" prove that you had unreported income.
  • Utilizing my negotiating skills to resolve as many audit issues as possible.
  • Putting forth appropriate "reasonable cause" exceptions to penalties.

SAN DIEGO TAX LAWYER RICHARD CARPENTER IS THE RIGHT TAX LAWYER FOR YOU

  • I have 30 years of experience as a tax audit attorney San Diego.
  • I represent more San Diego taxpayers in IRS tax audits than anyone in San Diego.  
  • I am a Certified Tax Law Specialist by the State Bar of California.
  • I have been named a "Super Lawyer" for the past nine consecutive years - in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • For the past 22 years, I have also been a part-time Tax Law Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. I teach the Tax Court Litigation class.  I am the only San Diego attorney who teaches the Tax Court Litigation class at a law school.
  • While the facts and circumstances of every IRS tax audit vary, for the past 30 years, I have been able to utilize certain proven techniques to obtain the best possible audits results for my clients.   

   If you have a case heading to Tax Court, why would you hire anyone else?

RESULTS

RESULTS . . . that's the bottom line ... what every client is looking for.  

During the past 30 years, I have helped thousands of clients resolve their tax disputes with the IRS and the State of California.


          A) On January 21, 2016, the U.S. District Court in San Diego dismissed all criminal tax charges against my client.   The Government had previously Indicted my client for structuring of bank deposits to avoid the bank financial reporting requirements.

         B) In a recent 2015 Tax Court case, the IRS was seeking approximately $3,000,000 in additional tax, penalties and interest.  I was able to obtain Innocent Spouse relief for my client…and therefore, she did not owe the IRS any money.  That was a $3,000,000 reduction. 

         C) I was the lead attorney for the Petitioner in David Carreon v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo 2014-6).  The IRS had asserted that my clients - the Petitioner, and his two related corporations - were subject to a 75% civil fraud penalty.  After a trial in U.S. Tax Court, Judge Wherry issued his written Decision.  The U.S. Tax Court ruled that my clients - were NOT subject to a civil fraud penalty.  This was a COMPLETE VICTORY FOR MY CLIENTS.


Despite my strong record of favorable client outcomes during the past 30 years, I refrain from making any case result predictions to you about your case without knowing the complete facts of your case. Each tax case has its own unique set of facts.  I urge you to call me today for a FREE consultation. You can also email me in confidence.


GUIDANCE YOU CAN TRUST

During the past 30 years, many San Diego attorneys, CPA's and other tax professionals have referred their own clients and family members to me for help in resolving their serious tax problems with the IRS and the state of California. These local tax professionals knew that I would do my best to produce the best results possible their clients and family members.  For a complete description of my background, please click here.

HELP IS AVAILABLE TO YOU NATIONWIDE ...

I understand how a tax problem can take hold of your life and affect your ability to sleep at night. If you are serious about resolving your tax problem, I can help you regardless of where you live. Call me, San Diego tax audit defense attorney Richard Carpenter, at (619) 696-8607 to discuss your tax situation in complete confidence. Put my 30 years of tax law experience to work for you.

YOU DON'T NEED TO FEAR THE IRS WITH ME ON YOUR SIDE..

Hire A "Super Lawyer" With 30 years of Tax Law Experience To Resolve Your Tax Problems.
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RICHARD CARPENTER
SAN DIEGO TAX ATTORNEY
406 Ninth Ave., Suite 213
San Diego, CA 92101
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RICHARD CARPENTER

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SAN DIEGO TAX ATTORNEY
-  Certified Tax Law Specialist
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-California on your behalf
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