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The IRS agent will try to first make you feel comfortable.  Then the IRS agent will try to intimidate you.

My client had over $25,000 of medical expenses.  A good part of the expenses were from  nursing homes since both husband and wife were unable to take care of themselves.

Here is a recent exchange that I had at the beginning of the IRS audit:

IRS Agent: (Acting dumb...) "I thought nursing home expenses are not deductible." [This is where the IRS tries to intimidate me.]

Me:  (Respectfully turning the tables on the IRS...) "According to Internal Revenue Code Section 213(d)(1)(C), nursing home costs are deductible if they are define as long-term care costs in Internal Revenue Code Section 7702B(b).  For your reference, here are copies of Internal Revenue Code Sections 213(d)(1)(C) and 7702B(b)." [I am now politely intimidating the IRS Agent.  Most, but not all agents, don't know one Internal Revenue Code section from another.]

IRS Agent: "Thank you."

Needless to say, the IRS agent didn't try anymore intimidation tricks on me.  Furthermore, she agreed to any additional arguments that I made for the benefit of my client.  I backed those arguments up with solid legal documentation.

If my client's daughter represented her parents instead of using me, there is a good chance that her parents would have lost their huge nursing deduction.