Posted by SusanL.–FL on March 14, 2000 at 09:58:53:
No. 4 (in your list) is what ‘flagged’ my return…and they were ligitigate deductions (because of my ‘contractor’ status).
But get a load of THIS! She labeled me a ‘turtle’ (HER words!) because I supposedly ‘had my home on my back’ (according to her). She then proceeded to try to disallow ALL of my $deductions$ for that year. THEN she started to audit the year before THAT and the year before THAT!!!
By then I had hired a CPA to ‘represent’ me. (Representing myself was something, [I found out later] that I shouldn’t have done…even though—who better than I would know my receipts?? Still doesn’t work that way 'cause they (IRS) are VERY cagey.
They got to the point, on one of my back tax years, where the Statute of Limitations was ready to expire. Guess what!! They sent me a registered letter asking ‘if I would be SO kind as to waive the Statute’ so that they could proceed with their audit.
I thought, ‘are they outta their mind’?
They kept digging and digging trying to find something–and couldn’t. With the few knick knacks that they came up with and the cost of the CPA, it cost me $8,000 !!! plus two years lost from my life span.
Gives me the creeps just thinking about it…