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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

The "A" Word. Why Is It So Terrifying?

THERE’S ONE WORD THAT SCARES SOME PEOPLE TO DEATH. IT MAKES PEOPLE JUMP AND SQUIRM IN DISCOMFORT. IT’S A WORD NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR. IT’S WHAT I CALL THE "A" WORD. JUST WHAT IS THIS WORD?

AUDIT! AN IRS AUDIT!

SEE IT MADE YOU JUMP.

BUT JUST WHAT IS IT ABOUT AN IRS AUDIT THAT SCARES PEOPLE SO? ITS BECAUSE WE’VE ALL HEARD THE STORIES OF THE UNSUSPECTING "INNOCENT JOE TAXPAYER" WHO WILLINGLY GOES INTO THE DREADED AUDIT AND HIS LIFE IS DESTROYED. IT’S LIKE GOING INTO A BLACK HOLE AND NEVER COMING BACK OUT.

BUT IS THAT TRUE? DO IRS AUDITS REALLY RUIN PEOPLE’S LIVES? FOR OVER 35 YEARS, PROFESSIONALLY I’VE BEEN A TAX ACCOUNTANT, AND I’VE PREPARED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INCOME TAX RETURNS, AND REPRESENTED CLIENTS IN HUNDREDS OF TAX AUDIT, AND WHAT I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU IS THE TRUTH – MOST AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE NEVER THE TARGET OF A FULL BLOWN AUDIT. AND MOST ALL WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN AN AUDIT ARE, IN FACT, NOT DESTROYED.

THE REAL TRUTH IS THIS - MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CRUSHED BY THE POWERFUL IRS MACHINE ARE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE CRUSHED –

THE TAX EVADERS!

NOW, I KNOW THERE’S ALWAYS A STORY OUT THERE, AN URBAN LEGEND, BUT IN MY 35 PLUS YEARS AS A TAX ACCOUNTANT, NOT ONE OF MY CLIENTS HAS EVER BEEN CRUSHED BY THE IRS. IN FACT, I BELIEVE THE TRUTH IS THIS - THE ODDS OF AN HONEST PERSON BEING ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED BY THE IRS WOULD BE ABOUT AS LIKELY AS BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING - NOT ONE TIME, BUT A HALF DOZEN TIMES.

BUT THERE IS ONE STATISTICAL FACT WORTH MENTIONING –  

MOST TAXPAYERS PAY TOO MUCH TAXES!

THAT’S WHAT I SAID – TOO MUCH TAXES. WHY IS THAT?  

BECAUSE THEY DON’T TELL THE TRUTH.

NOW, YOU MIGHT BE SAYING, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THEY DON’T TELL THE TRUTH"? WELL, THINK ABOUT IT. HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HAVE A LEGAL DEDUCTION ON YOUR RETURN BUT YOU SAY, "I’M NOT SURE I WANT TO TAKE IT, IT MIGHT SEND UP A ‘RED FLAG’ ". I HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME. THE TRUTH IS THIS, MOST PEOPLE ARE TERRORIZED BY THE THOUGH OF SOMETHING HAPPENING, OF FACING THE DREADED AUDIT, AND BECAUSE OF THAT SHEER TERROR, THEY DON’T TELL THE TRUTH.

SO, A WORD TO THE WISE BY ONE PROFESSIONAL WHO KNOWS – TELL THE TRUTH ON YOUR TAXES. AND IF IT CAUSES YOU TO PAY LESS ON YOUR TAXES – THEN DO IT. AND IF YOU’VE GOT AN ACCOUNTANT WHO IS NERVOUS AND SQUEMISH ABOUT ANY DEDUCTION, EVEN THOUGH IT IS PERFECTLY LEGAL AND ALLOWED – THEN MAYBE ITS TIME TO GET A NEW ACCOUNTANT.

IN THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, "THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF." SO REPEAT AFTER ME – "I WILL NO LONGER FEAR THE "A" WORD. I WILL NO LONGER FEAR THE IRS BECAUSE I’M AN HONEST TAXPAYER AND ALL MY DEDUCTIONS ARE LEGAL. LET THE RED FLAGS FLY, LET THE MIDNIGHT OIL BURN, LET THE SEARCH FOR LEGAL DEDUCTIONS FLOURISH – LET THE REFUNDS COME -

JUST TELL THE TRUTH!