By Deborah Ng
When Lisa Keene received a notice from the IRS informing her of an audit, she started to panic. After she caught her breath, she called her accountant and read the notice to him. “You know, it really wasn’t too bad,” says Keene, a freelance writer from Central New Jersey. “All they wanted was for me to send the backup paperwork for some of my home office deductions. I can’t tell you how relieved I was.”
Keene was fortunate. For many others, an audit can take months or years to clear up.