-- If you've ever had to deal with the Internal Revenue Service directly, you know it can be a bit intimidating.
Pickering advises taxpayers not to communicate directly with the IRS unless they have to. Instead, have your tax preparer do it. Many of them can help you if you get audited.
IRS spokesman Eric Smith notes that there’s a Taxpayer Bill of Rights with ten provisions, including, "The right to appeal a decision made by the IRS."
He says taxpayers should know their rights: "The good thing to know is that if you think that we're wrong, you have an opportunity to appeal that," Smith says.
Also good to know: only one percent of tax returns get audited. This year, that number could be even less because of budget cuts.
If you do owe the IRS money, paying it back has never been easier.
The agency offers "Direct Pay," which allows you to pay your tax bill for free online, using your checking or savings account. You can find the service on IRS.gov.