can my cpa have the interview with the irs

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by grass disaster, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,776

    just curious if i would ever get audited could my accountant have the interview with them?

    i think i would have a nervous break down if i had to talk to the IRS :angel:
  2. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    Start with your attorney, he/she would be one of the first. Then yes, your CPA would do most of it. It is unlikely you would ever have to deal with the IRS in person.
  3. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I've been self employed for the past 15years in multiple adventures. I have never met with the IRS. My cpa does it all, my attorney is used for other specialty concerns.
  4. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    the majoriy of IRS inquirys are on paper and not face to face. If you choose to have your CPA do it thats fine, but you should be able to handle it.
  5. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 916

    Audit oh no sorry my office is in my basement and it flooded here is the pictures lol
  6. mastercare

    mastercare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    On your tax return there is a box at the bottom near your signature which asks if its okay to discuss your taxes with your CPA. Everyone who uses a CPA should have yes checked off. If its only for clarification they will contact your CPA and discuss it wth them. IF you get a full audit, I'm sure your accountant will join you, but he'll charge you for his time. Most CPAs also make oyu sign something saying that you have records (reciepts) for everything you are claiming, and its your responsibility to maintain those records. That way, if you're writing off stuff you shouldn't, then the CPA is cleared, and only processes the information you gave him. If you meet with your CPA frequently (monthly) to review expenses, he may be keeping track of it all for you. I guess it all depends on how much you're paying him/her. That usually determines who's going to be sweating bullets at crunch time.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    LMAO Too funny :D

    "Oh, by the way, do I get a deduction for flood damage."
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    50% sure, huh Troy? Man, you're on the fence on this one...LOL
  9. derek1

    derek1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    What do you guys pay for an accountant? And why did you choose the accountant that you are with?
  10. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,776

    this is my first year with him doing my business. last year he charged me 150 to do my personal taxes. he charged me $200 to set up my LLC business.

    hope this helps.

    looking for a big pay back this year payup

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