Being audited is one of the most stressful and dreaded experiences a taxpayer can go through. It’s a wonderful blessing to live in America, and paying taxes comes with that privilege, but enforcement is a reality. Whatever the case may be or the reason for you being audited, there are certainly some things you can do that will help you through the experience.

Here is a list of the TOP 10 things TO do, or NOT do, in order to avoid an audit with the IRS. As many of you can imagine, an audit can be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention, emotionally draining experience. Please take these to heart.

It’s alarming for me to see how many clients are not maintaining their checkbooks and records properly or are not even keeping separate books at all for each of the companies they own and operate. Maintaining your books is not something I advocate solely as a tax-savings strategy; it can also prevent you from losing your sanity and getting dragged into a potential lawsuit.