Tax Audit in Escondido, California

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A "tax audit" in California is the process by which the relevant tax authorities (either the IRS, at the federal level, or its state equivalent) investigate a tax filing in more detail than they do for ordinary filings, usually because there appears to be a discrepancy, or some other suspicious item, in somebody's tax returns. However, the IRS (and state tax authorities) sometimes do rounds of random audits, where they audit taxpayers at random, without necessarily suspecting them of any wrongdoing.

The process of a Escondido, California tax audit is usually pretty straightforward. If and when you are faced with a tax audit, you'll receive a letter from the IRS, or its state equivalent, telling you that you're being audited. However, you should not assume that this letter is authentic, because con artists will sometimes send fake audit letters to squeeze money out of innocent taxpayers. You should seek independent confirmation of the letter's authenticity by searching the Internet for the name of the government agency in question, and contact them for more information.

Once you have confirmed that your audit is authentic, you will be required to meet the auditor at an agreed-upon time and place. The auditor will usually inform you about what documents and other evidence you need to take to the meeting. At the meeting, they will ask you a long series of questions about your taxes, to clear up the thing they're uncertain about.

Reasons For a Tax Audit in Escondido, California

A tax audit in California can be conducted for almost any reason at all

As mentioned above, an audit can happen simply because a person was chosen for an audit at random. If you are randomly chosen for a tax audit, and you have been honest and diligent in preparing your tax documents, it will probably be a quick, painless process, and you likely don't have anything to worry about.

On the other hand, some taxpayers in Escondido, California are audited for a specific reason, rather than being drawn at random. If the tax authorities believe that you have underreported your income, that is a very recognized reason for a tax audit. For instance, if you claim on your tax return that you make $30,000 per year, and, in the same year, purchase an expensive luxury item, the tax authorities will wonder where you got that extra money, and why you're not paying taxes on it.

Likewise, trying to deduct a large percentage of your income is likely to raise suspicions. A tax deduction is a way to reduce one's tax liability by making some of one's income non-taxable. Some common sources of tax deductions in Escondido, California are business expenses and charitable donations. Some people, however, try to include false deductions in their tax returns (trying to deduct charitable donations they never actually gave, for example). A massive number of deductions will be highly suspicious to the tax authorities, and they will want to see evidence to support every deduction you claim, if you're audited.

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How Can A Escondido, California Tax Lawyer Help?

If you find yourself being audited in Escondido, California, and are certain that you have done everything right in preparing your taxes, then the audit will probably be over quickly, with no penalties imposed. In cases like this, if anything is found to be wrong with your tax return, it is likely the result of an honest mistake, and the auditor will be aware of this, and will probably give you an opportunity to correct your mistake, without suffering any penalties, with the possible exception of being made to pay interest on any back taxes you owe.

But, in more confusing cases, chances are you would be well-served by a tax lawyer in Escondido, California, to ensure that your tax audit goes smoothly.

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Life in Escondido

Escondido is located in San Diego County, California.  The name "Escondido" is a Spanish word meaning "hidden".  This is in reference to the city being situated in a valley and bordered by scenic hills.  Escondido has a population of about 144,000 and is growing at a rapid rate. 

Many major business and companies have their headquarters in Escondido, California.  Some of the major employers for Escondido residents include Stone Brewing Company, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Escondido's population growth is supported by the presence of several residential communities, including Hidden Trails and Valley Center.

Escondido, California is an excellent city for leisure and entertainment.  The downtown area features a number of cafes, art galleries, and restaurants.  During the spring and summer seasons, the city hosts "Crusin' Grand", which is a public automobile show held every Friday.  Crusin' Grand features ultra-hip hot rods, historic cars, and live DJ music.  Other fun events include the Grape Day Parade and Festival, the Community Wellness Expo, and an Independence Day Celebration. 

Lawyers in Escondido assist their clients through a variety of legal services.  Escondido, California attorneys also contribute to the community through participation in city planning and development projects.  Escondido lawyers are knowledgeable of the various laws and regulations that are unique to the city.

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