5. Squeeze More Out of an Auditor
Auditors are human, and they have a lot of discretion over how they handle cases.
• Never show up late or miss a deadline: It’s guaranteed to upset them. Book the last appointment before the weekend or an extended holiday, when auditors will be in a better mood, or grab the last slot before lunch. “This may produce a shorter audit, especially if the auditor has another appointment at one,” says Scott Estill, a former IRS auditor in the U.S.A
• Dress conservatively: “Never give the impression that you’re making more than your tax return shows,” he notes. Also, call the auditor Mr. or Ms.-everybody enjoys respect.
• Get ’em talking: Instead of instigating small talk yourself, wait for the auditor to cr eate an opportunity for it. For instance, if he says “I see you made a donation to a college,” follow up with “Yes. I like supporting my alma mater. Where did you go to school?” According to Estill, “The more an auditor likes you, the better the result in many cases.”