IRS State Audit
One of the most feared words when it comes to taxes is the word “audit”. Taxpayers can try to prevent an audit, but the fact of the matter is that if the IRS decides to audit you, it is unavoidable. Most tax audits occur because the returns are part of a target (i.e. red flag) group, or simply because they are randomly selected by a computer.
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There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to government audits, but understanding the overall process can help you you take preventative measures to safeguard your tax returns and your privacy.
The IRS Process:
When tax returns are filed, they are compared against “norms” for similar returns. The “norms” are developed from audits of a statistically valid random sample of returns. These returns are selected as part of the National Research Program, which the IRS conducts to update return selection information.
There are several things that can trigger an audit:
1) Math mistakes – Whether done on a mail-in form or online, it’s important to double and triple check your return before you submit it. A simple math error can easily trigger a red flag that can result in an audit.
2) You stand out in your bracket – If everyone in your bracket is average and you’re exceptional, you’ll stand out to the IRS and be more likely to be audited.
3) You’re on the IRS hit list – The IRS is on the lookout for things like unreported income or small business owners and those who are self-employed taking aggressive and sometimes unnecessary deductions. If you fall into these categories, just make sure you have the appropriate documentation to support your return.
Once an audit is triggered, an auditor or an audit group will be assigned to the return, and will review it for questionable items before either accepting it as filed, or will contact the taxpayer via audit notice with a list of the item(s) in question. Typically, you’ll have 30 days to respond to the audit notice.
Nothing can be more daunting and intrusive than an IRS audit. Defending yourself without professional representation is foolish at best. If you are not sure of the IRS’ intentions during the exam, you may be ill prepared to defend yourself against negative results.
As soon as you receive an audit notice, you should contact a qualified IRS attorney who is experienced in dealing with audits and can help arm you with the tools you need to protect yourself during this very trying and stressful time. Contact our offices today and schedule a free consultation to go over your options and make sure that your legal rights are protected.
The IRS Audit FAQ page is a good place to start for official resources. If you need to know what laws might be in your state, head to Google and search with keyword your state and IRS Audit. MSN Money has a list of 6 audit red flags you need to know.