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The Doctor Is In

University law clinics offer first aid to entrepreneurs who've been hit by an audit.

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This story appears in the January 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sparring with the IRS is never a cakewalk, especially if you're a small-business owner without legal representation. But if you're fortunate enough to win help from a free law clinic, dealing with the IRS can be a lot less taxing.

Such was the case for entrepreneurs Carol and Fred Toerge, who operate an industrial design firm in Sun Valley, California. Trouble began for the Toerges when the IRS audited their 1994 tax return. The agent in charge zeroed in on business deductions the couple had claimed for lumber, nails, packing crates and other materials used in their business.

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