Tax Audit in Visalia, California

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Tax Audit Lawyers in Visalia

A "tax audit" in California is the process by which the appropriate 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, normally 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 unexpected audits, where they audit taxpayers at random, without necessarily suspecting them of any wrongdoing.

The process of a Visalia, California tax audit is normally 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. Nonetheless, 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 obtain 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 made sure that your audit is indeed real, you can do a few things to get prepared for it. Most especially, you should collect all of the documents that the auditor has asked for, as well as any further documents and evidence that you think might help clear up any confusion about your tax return. You should bring these to the meeting with the auditor, and truthfully (to the best of your knowledge) answer all of the questions that the auditor asks.

Reasons For a Tax Audit in Visalia, California

Tax Audits in California can happen for a wide variety of various reasons.

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 straightforward and diligent in gathering 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 Visalia, California are audited for a certain reason, rather than being drawn at random. If the tax authorities believe that you have underreported your income, that is a very frequent reason for a tax audit. For example, if you claim on your tax return that you make ,000 per year, and, in the same year, buy an expensive luxury item, the tax authorities will wonder where you got that extra money, and why you're not paying taxes on it.

Another frequent reason for tax audits in Visalia, California is when a taxpayer claims a large number of deductions. A deduction is just a legally-authorized subtraction from a person's taxable income. For example, charitable donations can be deducted from one's income in the full amount of the donation. Nonetheless, if a person claims a very large number of deductions, to the point that they claim little or no tax liability, the tax authorities are going to take a closer look.

How Can A Visalia, California Tax Lawyer Help?

If you find yourself being audited in Visalia, California, and are sure that you have done everything right in preparing your taxes, then the audit will likely be over rapidly, 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 likely 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 complicated cases, chances are you would be well-served by a tax lawyer in Visalia, California, to ensure that your tax audit goes smoothly.

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Life in Visalia

Visalia, California is a city in Tulare County, in California's central valley. It is also the largest city in Tulare County, with a population of about 125,000 people.

Human habitation of Visalia, California dates back several thousand years, with Native American tribes inhabiting the area. The first written European account of the area known as Visalia came in 1722, when Spanish explorer Pedro Fages explored the area.

Throughout most of its history, and to this day, the economy of Visalia is dominated by agriculture. Grapes, citrus, cotton, and olives are all grown in the area. Because of the presence of large numbers of migrant agricultural workers, the lawyers who practice in Visialia are particularly skilled in practice areas like immigration and labor law, but most Visalia, California lawyers can also handle other legal issues.

If you live in Visalia, California and are in need of legal services, there are several places you can turn, such as legal aid organizations. However, your best bet for competent and comprehensive legal advice is to seek the advice of a good Visalia, California attorney.

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