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What to Do If you get an IRS Audit Notice

Posted on February 27th, 2015

If you find you are one of the chosen few tax filers who’s been singled out for an IRS audit, here is what you need to do:

Respond Right Away

Ignoring it won’t make it go away. Typically, you have 30 days to make your response, so it’s best to handle the situation immediately. Be sure to check what year the audit is referring to, as it isn’t always the most recent return.

Follow Instructions Carefully

Depending on the nature of your audit, you may be asked to submit extra information or clarify data in-question. Follow all included instructions carefully and gather the information that is requested of you. In most cases, correspondence can be handled by simply mailing in a piece of missing information or documentation.

In more extreme cases, you may need to gather extensive paperwork or information, or even hire a tax professional to help. Though this is rare, you will need to evaluate the severity of your audit and determine how to protect yourself. If you feel anxious about your tax problems, and need the help of a licensed professional, our office is owned and operated by an EA, who is certified to represent you in front of the IRS.

Take Care of Corrections

If you have made a simple mistake on your return, you may receive a correction notice, rather than a full IRS audit. Look carefully over the adjustments the IRS has made. If you agree with the changes, simply reply with your payment for any additional taxes due.

On the other hand, if you disagree with the correction, you will need to respond immediately with a written statement. Keep copies of all correspondence to and from the IRS and allow about a month for a response.

Receiving an IRS audit notice can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve received notice for an audit and are unsure about how to proceed, please contact our office immediately for assistance. As enrolled agents in Falls Church, VA we are specially licensed to deal with the IRS on your behalf, and can help you avoid making further errors.

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