PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –You’ve probably heard that the IRS has reduced staff in recent years, and that could lead you to believe an audit is nearly out of the question. If so, you better think again.
There are fewer people at the IRS to do audits — but computers have taken over and an audit is still a real possibility. If you do get audited, your first call should be for help, according to Karen Facer-Mee, a CPA in Richboro, Bucks County.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
“You are entitled to be represented by a CPA, an enrolled agent or a tax attorney,” Facer-Mee said. “So my advice is to hire a professional that is permitted to represent you and not all tax preparers are.”READ MORE: Flyers Drop 9th Straight Game After Blowing Late Third-Period Lead To Islanders
She says an audit can be initiated because you have a high income, have rental or farm income, claim an in-home office or have higher itemized deductions than the average taxpayer. She adds, not all audits are bad, sometimes the result is the IRS owes you money.MORE NEWS: 'Water Was Completely Above The Ceiling': Queen Village Businesses Still Struggling After July Water Main Break
She says in 2015, almost 40,000 audits resulted in refunds of $1.1 billion.