Tax Audit Lawyer in Chicago | Attorney for IRS Audit, Illinois Audit, and Chicago Tax Audit

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Are you facing an IRS tax audit? Don’t face it alone! Our skilled tax audit lawyers are here to help you fight the IRS and avoid high tax bills. With years of experience and a track record of success, we’ll make your audit as stress-free as possible! Contact us online or call (847) 580-1279 for a free consultation.

John Nagle, Esq.
Manager – Tax Controversy

Why Choose a Tax Audit Lawyer from Gordon Law Group?

  • 45 years of combined experience fighting IRS and Illinois tax audits
  • We’ve helped our clients save millions of dollars in audit examinations
  • You’ll get personalized support and clear, honest guidance
  • Enjoy the highest level of protection you can get with attorney-client privilege

Contact Gordon Law Group for a free audit consultation.

Here are just a handful of the successful audit results we’ve helped clients achieve:

  • Saving millions of dollars in taxes and penalties
  • Obtaining a tax refund as a result of the audit
  • Reducing serious tax fraud penalties to much more favorable negligence penalties
  • Avoiding criminal investigations in tricky IRS audits

Our experienced tax attorneys can help with an IRS tax audit or Illinois audit, no matter which type of audit you’re facing. If needed, we’re also licensed in the US Tax Court, meaning that we can appeal your audit to the highest levels.

Income Tax Audit

If you’re facing an income tax audit, a skilled audit lawyer can guide you through the IRS maze and reduce the risk of harsh tax penalties. Professional representation for an audit is especially important if you have multiple sources of income, such as self-employment income, rental properties, brokerage accounts, or cryptocurrency.

For more than 10 years, we’ve helped our clients fight income tax audits and minimize the resulting tax bill. We assist clients across the country with IRS income tax audits. Contact us online or call (847) 580-1279 to book your free consultation!

Business Tax Audit

Business tax audits can be a nightmare for business owners. With a thousand items on your plate, you don’t have time to deal with an audit; you just want it handled quickly and with minimal expense. Gordon Law Group has the knowledge and experience to do just that!

Whether you’re facing an income tax audit, Illinois sales tax audit, or small business tax audit, we’ll work tirelessly to minimize any financial impact, keep the IRS away from your place of business, and ensure a swift resolution to the audit. Let us handle the stress so you can focus on running your business!

Sales Tax Audit

Sales tax audits are a stressful and expensive burden for Illinois businesses; even minor mistakes in sales tax returns can lead to hefty fines and penalties. The state has been aggressively pursuing Illinois businesses including restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, and more.

Our tax audit lawyers have more than 10 years of experience fighting Illinois sales tax audits, so we’ll help you resolve your audit favorably. Save time and enjoy peace of mind with an experienced sales tax audit lawyer on your side!

FBAR Audit

FBAR audits are complex, and the consequences for any mistakes are severe. If you haven’t properly filed the FBAR, FATCA, or other offshore disclosure forms, you may face harsh financial penalties and even criminal investigation as the result of an audit.

Our experienced FBAR lawyers have a deep understanding of FBAR laws and regulations, and we’re here to make your audit as stress-free as possible.

Cryptocurrency Audit

Navigating a cryptocurrency audit is challenging, but we’re here to help you get through safely with minimal taxes owed. Our experienced tax audit lawyers have been focused on crypto taxes since 2014 and have extensive experience representing clients in cryptocurrency audits!

If you have cryptocurrency investments, NFTs, DeFi, and other types of complex activity, getting experienced and qualified support for your audit is essential. The IRS is notorious for miscalculating crypto capital gains; our cryptocurrency tax lawyers make sure nothing is overlooked and your tax bill is as low as possible.

Chicago Tax Audit

If you’re facing a tax audit in Chicago, it helps to have local representation you can meet face to face! Our experienced tax audit attorneys have a deep understanding of federal, state, and local tax codes, and we’ll work with you to minimize your stress and taxes owed. Contact us online or call (847) 580-1279 to get started!

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“I had a severe IRS tax audit. Stressful and totally lost on what to do. I contacted the Gordon Law Group (best thing to do)… 

My problem was taken care of quickly and with very little financial debt to the IRS.” 


Ryan Stegenga, Associate Attorney 

Commonly Asked Questions About IRS Tax Audits

Why Am I Getting Audited?

Common reasons for getting audited by the IRS include:

  • Missing income sources on your tax return
  • Claiming an unusually high number of credits and deductions
  • Earning more than $500,000 in taxable income
  • Having a job where cash payments and tips are common
  • Amending a tax return to lower your taxable income
  • Having an association to another person or business that was audited

However, you can also be randomly selected for an audit. For more information, read our blog post What Triggers an IRS Audit?

Is an IRS Audit a Big Deal?

A tax audit isn’t always a disaster, but it should be taken seriously. Your IRS audit may be as simple as mailing in a few documents and paying a small balance—but on the other hand, it may be a big deal if you’ve underreported income, underpaid tax, or committed a tax crime. During an audit examination, the IRS will assess how much tax you owe and may also assess penalties, such as the 0.5% underpayment penalty, 20% accuracy-related penalty, or 75% tax fraud penalty.

If the IRS examiner finds reason to suspect fraudulent activity on your tax return, the scope of the audit may be extended and the IRS can refer the case for criminal investigation.

With an experienced tax audit lawyer on your side, you can minimize penalties and reduce the risk of a criminal investigation. Don’t wait until it’s too late—call Gordon Law Group today at (847) 580-1279 for a free consultation!

What Does an IRS Audit Notice Look Like?

An IRS audit notice, or Notice of Examination, will arrive via Certified Mail and will contain the following information in the top right corner: your name, taxpayer ID, form or notice number, tax year(s) under examination, IRS employee ID number, and IRS contact information. The letter will also contain details of what the IRS is examining, which documents you need to send, how to respond, and the deadline to respond.

Here’s an example of an IRS audit notice (not that your IRS audit letter may not look exactly like this):

Example of an IRS audit letter - Cryptocurrency audit notice

An increasingly common audit notice is IRS Notice CP2000. You may receive this notice if you have a source of income that was reported to the IRS by a third party (such as a cryptocurrency exchange or brokerage), but that you didn’t include on your tax return. A full audit is often required in order to dispute the balance due.

What Should I Do If I Get an IRS Audit Letter?

If you get an audit letter from the IRS, you should pay attention to the deadline on the notice and respond as soon as possible. Responding to the audit notice after the deadline may result in penalties. You can call the IRS at the phone number listed on your notice; send an audit response letter; or hire a professional to represent you.

If you hire a professional, such as an IRS audit attorney from Gordon Law Group, we will file a Power of Attorney form and respond to the IRS on your behalf. In most cases, our clients never have to speak to the IRS directly!

If you know that there are issues with the tax return in question—including missing documentation, unreported income, or unlawful behavior—you should call a tax attorney immediately after receiving an IRS audit letter. You can schedule a free and confidential tax audit consultation with Gordon Law Group by contacting us online or calling (847) 580-1279.

What Happens During an IRS Audit?

Typically, an IRS audit consists of 4 steps:

  1. Notice of Examination: Once you receive an IRS audit letter, you will usually have 30 days to respond; it may contain a suggested time and place for the first meeting with the examiner, or it may contain detailed instructions on how to respond. You can also hire a tax audit lawyer to respond to the notice on your behalf.
  2. Supply the Initial Requested Documents: Your audit letter may request specific documents for you to send. If so, you or your representative should prepare, organize, and send the auditor this information according to the instructions in your notice. It’s not advisable to send documents that haven’t been specifically requested, as you could risk increasing your assessed tax bill, penalties, or likelihood of referral for criminal prosecution.
  3. Examination of Records: Your audit examiner will review the initial documents to determine the scope of the audit and which areas to focus on. It’s very likely that throughout the process, you will receive additional Information Document Requests (IDRs) asking for specific records.

    The IRS examiner may or may not request an interview to ask questions about specific items on your tax return. Keep in mind that anything you say to the examiner—as well as anything you say to an accountant who is not a tax attorney—can be used against you if the audit proceeds toward civil or criminal litigation. It’s recommended to let your representative speak for you to avoid any costly mistakes. Better yet, we can often arrange it so that you don’t need to meet the examiner in person at all.

  4. Tax Assessment: Now comes the part that everybody fears: a bill from the IRS. More accurately, the IRS will conclude the audit by sending a Notice of Proposed Adjustment—however, this doesn’t always mean you’ll owe money! The IRS may determine there’s no adjustment to your tax return, or in some cases, they might even issue you a refund. Even if there is a balance owed, the amount is not necessarily final, and the collections process is completely separate from the audit process.

    If you have questions about paying your tax debt or appealing your audit results, speak to an experienced tax audit attorney today! Contact Gordon Law Group online or call us at (847) 580-1279 for a free consultation.

You may also want to read these related articles about IRS audits:

Who can Represent a Taxpayer in an IRS Audit?

During an IRS audit, a taxpayer may be represented by an attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, or other tax professional. A taxpayer can also represent themselves during a tax audit.

Professional support from an experienced audit lawyer can save you time, money, and stress.

Do You Need a Lawyer for an IRS Audit?

Even if your audit is relatively simple, hiring a lawyer to represent you for an IRS audit can help reduce the amount you owe to the IRS. We may be able to limit the scope of the examination; negotiate reduced penalties; or make legal arguments in favor of specific tax strategies you used. An IRS audit attorney can also appeal your audit results to the highest possible levels if needed.

If you feel that there’s any chance of your audit escalating to a criminal investigation, we highly recommend hiring an IRS audit lawyer ASAP. A lawyer can offer attorney-client privilege, which is a stronger form of confidentiality than a CPA or enrolled agent can provide.

How Much Does It Cost to Fight an IRS Audit?

The typical cost to fight an IRS audit using professional representation is between $5,000 and $10,000 per tax year; the cost depends on the scope of the examination and the complexity of your tax situation.

For a personalized quote, schedule a free consultation with a tax audit lawyer! You can contact Gordon Law Group online or call us at (847) 580-1279.

Experienced, Skilled, and Personal Tax Audit Help

If you’re facing an IRS or Illinois tax audit, don’t go it alone. Hiring an experienced tax audit attorney in Chicago can save you a substantial amount of money and make the audit process much easier. We’re here to fight for you and provide clear, honest guidance every step of the way.

Don’t wait another moment—contact the experienced IRS audit lawyers at Gordon Law Group for a free consultation now!

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