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Experts note that there are strategies taxpayers can use to navigate the system, separate real IRS audits from scams and maximize their chances of a favorable decision.

“The purpose of the audit is to determine that the (tax) return is substantially correct,” says Alan Pinck, enrolled agent and National Tax Practice Institute fellow who owns his own tax preparation business in San Jose, California. At the end of the audit, one of three things is going to happen, Pinck says: Either you will owe the government money, the government will owe you money or the auditor will accept the tax return as originally filed. “Unless you do something, or did something, really stupid during the process, nobody goes to jail,” he says.

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