Have you received a tax audit notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your local tax authority? Before you do anything else, hire an experienced tax audit attorney. Whether you're the subject of a correspondence audit, office audit, field audit or taxpayer compliance measurement program audit (TCMP), tax audit lawyers can help you understand what the IRS is looking for, gather the appropriate information, and ensure that your answers to questions and requests aren't unintentionally incriminating. It's important to know that if you rely on a CPA or enrolled agent to assist with your audit, the CPA or EA could be required to testify against you if you're charged with tax crimes. In contrast, your communications with your tax audit law firm are confidential and cannot be used against you in court.