Tax Audit Checklist

Many people get nervous or scared when they receive notices from the I.R.S.  Although dealing with the I.R.S. may be intimidating, remember that I.R.S. agents are people like you and me who are just doing their job. I.R.S. inquiries do not automatically lead to punishment. If you have been truthful with the I.R.S., you have nothing to worry about.

If the I.R.S. sends you an audit notice, be sure to carefully read the audit notice and locate the items the I.R.S. wants to examine. Additionally, find the copy of your tax return, as well as receipts and records, for the year indicated on the audit notice. If a professional tax preparer prepared your return, then inform that individual that you received an audit notice. You may want to meet with your tax preparer to discuss the tax return. Tax preparers are also available to assist you during the audit.

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Tips for Interacting with the I.R.S. Auditor:

It is important for taxpayers to read the I.R.S. Publication 1 because it explains the taxpayer’s rights prior to the audit. As taxpayers, it is essential that we all know our rights. Also, when discussing matters with the auditor, do not focus on negotiation the amount of taxes; rather negotiate the issue(s) at hand.

After the audit, you will receive an examination report. If you do not understand it, or do not agree with it, you can call the auditor and ask him or her to explain it to you. After, if you do not agree with the result, you may appeal within the I.R.S. or go on to Tax Court.

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