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HELP WITH IRS TAX EXAMINATION.

We can help you. Contact Form

See IRS Audit.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE AUDIT? WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS? WHAT TAX AUDITS FORMS SHOULD I SIGN?

During the tax audit process, the auditor may ask you to sign certain forms. Don’t sign anything before you read and understand what it is.  Before you sign any document the auditors hand to you, you do have the right to consult with a CPA or a tax lawyer if you decide to represent yourself before the IRS.  If you sign any form, make sure you get a copy of it.

I AM BEING AUDITED AND I HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THE AUDITOR FOR MONTHS. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THE AUDIT OVER WITH?

Don’t do a thing. They will have pressure to close the audit.

They may even give you a waiver of time to extend the statute of limitations on audit.

This gives them beyond the 3 years they have.

Usually it’s a good idea to sign it, but seek consultation with us first. Contact Form

See IRS Audit.

CAN I MAKE A DEAL WITH THE IRS TO PAY LESS THAN MY TAX BILL?

You can file an Offer in Compromise. — See IRS Audit.

DO I HAVE TO LET THE IRS INTO MY HOME?

No.  No one without an order from a judge or certain law enforcement may enter you home without your express permission. — See IRS Audit.

THE AUDITOR IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET ALONG WITH. WHAT CAN I DO?

After trying your best, request a discussion with the manager for reassignment.

Seek professional advice first. Contact Form

The Treasury Inspector General’s Office is set up to regulate the behavior of IRS employees. You may want to contact them. — See IRS Audit.

CAN THE IRS TAKE MY HOUSE?

Yes. Anything you own really for non-payment of taxes.

The IRS must obtain a court order first when it’s your residence. It’s easier for them to take other assets. — See IRS Audit.

HOW LIKELY AM I TO GET CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TAX FRAUD?

Not very likely. Only a very small percentage of people get investigated for tax fraud. — See IRS Audit.

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING THROUGH AN AUDIT WITHOUT OWING ADDITIONAL TAXES?

Less than 20% get a clean adjustment report.

You can put the odds in your favor with excellent records and representation. — See IRS Audit.

HOW LONG IS AN IRS AUDIT? HOW MUCH TIME DOES AN AUDIT TAKE?

Usually 4-20 hours depending on what they are looking at. — See IRS Audit.

I HAVE A LOT OF PENALTIES FROM A TAX AUDIT.

Penalties for late paying.

Negligence and substantial understand penalties. — See More On Penalty Removal

IF IRS AUDITS YOU, WILL THEY DO IT AGAIN?

They can. Every year. But if you had a no change year, they will stop auditing that category for 2 years. — See IRS Audit.

IRS AUDIT BY CERTIFIED MAIL.

We can help you. — See IRS Audit.

CAN I GET AUDIT RECONSIDERATION?

It depends on the circumstance. — See IRS Audit.

HOW MANY YEARS BACK CAN THE IRS AUDIT?

There is no limit, but after you file a return, they generally have 3 years to start an audit unless they can prove fraud. — See IRS Audit.

IF I OWE ADDITIONAL TAX, DO I HAVE TO PAY INTEREST AND PENALTIES?

After the examination process, if the auditors conclude that you owe additional tax, you will be charged interest from the date of assessment. Trust fund taxes accrue penalties and interest. See IRS Audit Advice.

CAN I MAKE AN INSTALLMENT PLAN IF I OWE ADDITIONAL TAX?

You may have your tax representative set up an installment payment plan and lower the amount more than you may be able to negotiate on your own. You may be eligible for this payment plan if you prove financial hardship and you cannot pay the entire amount you owe, all at once. See Payment Plans.

WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD AN INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN?

After an audit, if you owe additional taxes and you cannot afford the installment plan payments, required by the IRS, you may consider filing an Offer In Compromise and settle your taxes for less than you owe. The IRS may accept your Offer in Compromise. See Offer In Compromise.

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