The phrase “tax audit” generally carries the same type of connotation as “root canal.” Almost by definition, it’s not very pleasant – or at least that is the popular perception.
In practice, however, there is often a misconception about what a tax audit entails. Root canals are a pretty standard procedure. But there is more than one type of tax audit.
One type of audit involves face-to-face encounters between IRS agents and taxpayers that occur in office and field settings. These are understandably stressful experiences, dealing in person with an agent empowered to examine your documentation and ask pointed questions.
But in reality, there are many more audits conducted through correspondence than through face-to-face encounters.