IRS Audit Letter As A Correspondence Audit-Your Audit Notification Letter
This is the most common type of audit. It is easier and less costly for the IRS than a face to face audit.
The IRS has instilled such fear in the American taxpayer, that most of us are willing to send them a few hundred dollars rather then put up a fight. That is, of course, if you have the money. Why subject yourself to a more extensive audit?
Usually just sending in the documentation asked for will do the trick. We recommend that you understand what documentation is required to substantiate your deductions before sending anything in to the IRS. If your exposure for additional taxes is large enough we can advise you or prepare the response for you.
Upon Receiving An IRS Audit Letter
Don’t assume the person who prepared the return is the best person to respond to the letter. The preparer may have caused the letter to be issued in the first place.
The best professional to help you respond to an audit letter is a CPA who does this often. We have a strong expertise in audit matters.
When Is An Audit Letter Issued? How to Respond.
After going through the matching process with their automated data processing (ADP) system, the IRS will isolate discrepancies on returns.
An IRS audit letter is sent to the taxpayer detailing the mistakes and the related liabilities they created. If the letter doesn’t outline a refund for you, it will request you send money.
You have options if you disagree. Sometimes the IRS makes mistakes, so read the options carefully. Don’t be fooled by the fact that you were contacted by a letter. This is a form of an IRS exam, and I have seen them deny deductions after sending in valid documentation!
This is not for the meek. It takes more than just reading and following IRS instructions to make your deductions stick. Sometimes the instructions mislead taxpayers away from their right to support the deductions.
The wording in IRS documents has changed over the years. We’ve learned not to blindly follow IRS instructions. Have you?