I just received an audit notice from the IRS. What am I supposed to do?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

Full Bio →

Written by

UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.

If you have received notice of an IRS audit, you should contact the IRS revenue agent assigned to your case and schedule a mutually convenient time to meet. Because you bear the burden of proof, you must show that your records and tax returns are correct, accurate, and complete. If you cannot prove your income and deductions were correctly filed on your tax returns during the audit, you will be assessed additional taxes. Therefore, it’s important that your tax returns and records are organized and easy to follow.

How Does the IRS Select Audits?

Believe it or not, people who are audited may not have any mistakes on their tax returns. One of the primary ways that tax returns are selected for audit involves somewhat random selection of tax returns based on an IRS computer program. Additionally, the IRS may audit your return if your income forms don’t match your filed return. Finally, if a person or business you reported was subject to an audit, there is an increased chance that you will receive an audit notice as well.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Steps to Take After Receiving Notice of an IRS Audit

First, always respond in a timely manner to all IRS audit notices. This includes letters and phone calls. If the IRS does not offer you a method of response on the forms that they send out, type out a separate letter with a detailed explanation of your answer. Also, always include your tax ID number and contact information on all responses to the IRS.

Typically, if issues are unable to be resolved through letters, the IRS will request a formal audit with a local IRS agent. During this audit, you’ll be expected to present your full financial records and tax returns for the income in question and you’ll need to show that your filed tax return is correct.

Sometimes the mistakes addressed in the audit may need to be fixed by someone you have done business with. For instance, if a 1099 form from a contractor is too high you’ll be responsible for attempting contact the contractor and correct the form. If you are unable to contact the business or person in question, the IRS may attempt to contact that individual as well.

Getting Legal Help With an IRS Audit

For more information on filing tax returns and the audit process, contact a tax attorney for a consultation. An IRS audit can be stressful and time consuming, but needs to be done right to avoid penalties and additional taxes. Get the appropriate assistance form an experienced tax specialist to manage your audit.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption