If you want to stay ahead of the IRS, you should get to know the agency's Market Segment Specialization Program (MSSP). It provides industry-specific manuals, known as "audit techniques guides," to IRS auditors so they can do a better job uncovering tax violations.
Armed with these guides, auditors know what practices to look for when examining businesses. With the agency poised to strengthen tax collection, MSSP could keep your business on the right side of the tax man.
Remember that small-businesses are perceived by the government "to be an area where noncompliance with tax laws is widespread," says Susan Jacksack, a small-business analyst with CCH Inc., a provider of tax and business law information in Riverwoods, Illinois.
Joan Szabo is a writer in Great Falls, Virginia, who has reported on tax issues for more than 13 years.