FAQ’s About IRS Audits

Frequently Asked Questions To IRS Audits! The Most Common Concerns We Hear About.

I DON’T HAVE THE RECEIPTS TO PROVE MY DEDUCTIONS! OR “I HAVE NO RECEIPTS FOR AUDIT!”

If you are being audited, this could be a problem. — See More Information On Audits.

I AM BEING AUDITED.  I NEED HELP.

IRS IS AUDITING ME. IRS IS GOING TO AUDIT ME. AUDIT OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, AUDIT OF CONTRIBUTIONS, AUDIT OF MEALS, AUDIT OF TRAVEL, AUDIT OF AUTO OR CAR EXPENSES, AUDIT OF LEGAL FEES, AUDIT OF PROPERTY TAXES, AUDIT OF MORTGAGE INTEREST, AUDIT OF CASUALTY LOSSES.

We can help you. — See IRS Audit.

I’M SCARED OF AN IRS AUDIT. I DON’T HAVE RECEIPTS.

This is VERY normal. We will help you! — See IRS Audit.

WHAT RECEIPTS DOES THE IRS LOOK AT? I LOST MY RECEIPTS. I CAN’T FIND MY RECEIPTS. MISSING RECEIPTS. FADED RECEIPTS. CAN’T READ MY RECEIPTS.

It usually varies. — See IRS Audit.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN IRS AUDIT?

Preparing for an audit can be stressful, but we can help you! — See IRS Audit.

I AM BEING AUDITED.  WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?

Usually, many IRS employees will treat you fairly.  However, there are cases when you may feel otherwise.  You are entitled to receive professional and courteous service.  If you are not happy with the audit results, you have the right to ask for audit reconsideration. See IRS Audit Advice.

I AM BEING AUDITED!  DO I REALLY NEED A REPRESENTATIVE?

It is very important not to appear defensive or emotional during the tax audit process.  You should consider using a tax professional.  They speak the same language as the IRS and know how to give the right answers.  There is little place for hesitations or assumptions during the tax audit process. See IRS Audit Advice.

I AM BEING AUDITED!  I AM LOOKING FOR BEST AUDIT REPRESENTATION!

Some IRS employees prefer to deal with professionals when examining business or personal tax returns.  Many CPA’s, accountants and tax lawyers are selling their service over the internet and promise they will get you through the process.

Not all the audit cases have favorable outcomes.  Over 30 years of experience in successfully dealing with tax audits should give me an edge.  We will analyze your case and take the best approach in your audit representation. See IRS Audit Advice.

CAN I REFUSE TO BE AUDITED?

It depends on the circumstances. — See IRS Audit.

SHOULD YOU BE SCARED OF AN AUDIT?

Being scared is normal.  We will help you through it! Contact Form

See IRS Audit.

SHOULD I FILE MY TAX RETURNS IF I AM BEING AUDITED?

Maybe.  If you don’t file any unfiled returns the auditor will not close out the case.  The IRS will file an SFR substitute for return.  Then when you file the returns, claiming the deductions you didn’t get, they may audit those years.  So filing or not depends on your overall strategy.

I AM BEING AUDITED. WHAT NOT TO BRING TO A TAX AUDIT?

You already have a tax audit checklist.  Your tax advisor detailed a description of all documents you have to bring.  Some of these documents will help you get through the audit successfully. However, you have to make sure you bring only the tax returns and documents required for that year you are being audited.  Tax returns from previous years may increase the risk of being audited for those years.  There are exceptions. 

Please call us if your records are being examined by the IRS.  Contact Form

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TAX AUDIT FORMS?  HOW TO READ TAX AUDIT FORMS?  WHAT SHOULD I NEVER DO OR SIGN?

Carefully read any documents the auditor may ask you to sign.  Some of these forms may take your right to appeal.  For example, by signing Form 4549, you consent with the agreement to pay additional taxes, the auditor’s report shows you owe.  It is in your advantage to have a tax representative who is familiar with these forms and take the best action for your tax circumstances.  See IRS Audit Advice.

I AM BEING AUDITED AND I CHEATED ON MY TAXES!  ANY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE?

It is critically important to have an expert tax representation.  The IRS may hold you responsible for your acts.  Having a professional on your side of the table makes things easier for you.  CPA's speak the same language as the IRS auditor and taxpayers tend to get too emotional and defensive.  Contact Form

See IRS Audit Advice.

WILL MY TAX RETURN BE AUDITED?  WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF BEING AUDITED BY THE IRS?  WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO BE AUDITED?

The IRS is interested in collecting money from taxpayers who do not report the correct amount of annual income in their tax returns.  The target is on high-income earners, self-employed taxpayers, small business and workers who receive tips or other payments in cash.  However, low-income taxpayers are also being audited for the Earned Income Tax Credit abuse and for compliance.  See IRS Audit Advice.

HOW TO SURVIVE A TAX AUDIT WITH NO RECEIPTS?

There are few alternative methods of showing evidence for the expenses and other claims you report on your tax returns.  Obtaining all the documents the tax auditor requires might be time consuming.  A good accountant may help you get all the information you need.  Affidavits and reconstructed records may be considered reliable information during the examination process.  See IRS Audit Advice

I DIDN’T FILE TAX RETURNS FOR YEARS!  IS THE IRS GOING TO AUDIT ME?

If you didn’t file your tax returns, there is no statute of limitations for the IRS to start assessing your tax liabilities, unless the IRS files a substitute for return. The IRS may come after you and collect taxes you owe even 20 years later from the date you were supposed to file your tax returns.  See more on IRS Audit Advice

WHAT IS IT TAX AUDIT STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?  WHEN THE IRS IS GOING TO AUDIT MY TAX RETURNS?

The IRS has three years to audit your tax returns and estimate your tax liability.  This 3-year statute of limitations period generally starts from the day after the deadline date (April 15) and ends on the same date three years later. See IRS Audit Advice

I CAN’T FIND MY RECEIPTS FOR AN IRS AUDIT.

We can help you. Contact Form

See IRS Audit Advice

I AM BEING AUDITED AND THE DEADLINE FOR FILING THIS YEAR’S RETURN IS TOO FAST APPROACHING.  SHOULD I FILE?

Probably not. The auditor may then want to examine that return too.

Just file an extension. But don’t file until the audit is completed. — See IRS Audit.

SOLVE MY TAX CONTROVERSY. SOLVE MY TAX AUDIT.

We will solve it for you! Contact Form

See IRS Audit.

CAN I AVOID A FACE-TO-FACE MEETING WITH THE AUDITOR?

Yes, if you decide to hire a tax advisor to help you throughout the tax audit process.  They can represent you in front of the IRS.  You don’t have to be there during the tax audit.  They are entitled to speak for you and handle all the paperwork required by the examining agent.  However, there are certain situations when the auditors would require to speak directly with the taxpayer.  See more on IRS Audit Advice.

CAN I RESCHEDULE MY IRS AUDIT APPOINTMENT?

Yes and No. — See IRS Audit.

  • If you are considering hiring us, call Joe Mastriano, CPA 713-774-4467.
  • Think your IRS matter is handled? Think again!
  • For your analysis, click here to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions IRS Audits…Need More Information?  CALL US TODAY!