What a great question. The real question is do you have anything to fear in being audited and if you do, then this does have the potential for becoming a problem. 95% and maybe 97% of all IRS request are generated by computers and the single most important thing is to respond quickly and as honestly as possible. It's surprising how often the IRS is correct and it maybe something as simple as forgetting to include interest for a bank account. Regardless, you should never attend your own audit. Let me repeat that, never, never, never attend your own audit. Higher a CPA or EA to handle the audit for you as experience tells us that individual clients provide a lot more information than is necessary to complete the audit and it's surprising how many audits have what are referred to as "new change" conclusions. Hope this helps and good luck
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