Robert J. Fedor, Esq., L.L.C.

How to remain anonymous to the IRS

Dealing with any large governmental agency is never easy. Dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, however, can be especially unpleasant and burdensome. While some business owners and individual tax payers are unfortunately subjected to random IRS audits, there are several things taxpayers can do to avoid raising any red flags at the IRS.

First and foremost, file your taxes. Even those taxpayers who are unable to pay their taxes, should still make sure to file their taxes. What's more, filing on time or filing for an extension of time goes a long way towards showing a taxpayer's good faith and willingness to play by the IRS's rules.

All individuals and business owners should keep accurate and comprehensive records related to all tax matters. For business owners, important tax records include those related to payroll, deductions and business expenses. For individuals, it's important to have proof of charitable donations and any deductions noted on tax forms.

The IRS has many and varied ways to cross-reference financial and tax data. It's important, therefore that individuals and business owners ensure they've filed the appropriate forms and that all information presented is complete and accurate.

In some cases, despite all attempts to play by the IRS's rules, an individual or business owner is subjected to an IRS audit. For those who are unlucky enough to be audited, following the above-referenced advice can help ensure for the best possible outcome. If an individual or business owner believes their situation may lead to criminal tax charges, it's wise to contact a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in tax matters.

Source: Forbes, "5 Steps To Keep The IRS Out Of Your Hair," Robert W. Wood, Aug. 15, 2013