What to do if you are being audited by the IRS

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Are you one of the unlikely New Yorkers who have been tagged for audits by the IRS this year? If so, take a deep breath because we are here to provide you with the information you need to get through this.

What does it mean to be audited?

A tax audit means that the IRS is going to look at your income tax returns a little more closely in order to make sure that you paid the correct amount of taxes. This includes looking at your income and deduction to make sure that they are accurate.

Have I done something wrong?

Just because you are being audited doesn’t mean that you have done anything wrong. Audits happen because a red flag was raised after the IRS noticed something out of the ordinary with your return. However, many people who have done nothing wrong are audited every year.

What does an audit involve?

The IRS conducts three different types of audits: office audits, mail audits and field audits. Your initial audit letter from the IRS should indicate which type of audit your tax return has been selected for.

The office audit involves meeting with audit officer at a local IRS office about information on your return. The mail audit involves sending the IRS certain documents that support your tax return. The field audit is the most serious and occurs at your home or business.

Do I need a lawyer?

It is wise to consult a tax attorney as soon as possible after receiving a notice of an examination from the IRS. The skilled tax lawyers at Timothy S. Hart Law Group P.C. can protect your rights as a taxpayer and help you lawfully pay as little tax as possible.

Our firm specializes in all kinds of tax audits, and we would be happy to put your mind at ease by meeting with you about your tax audit right away.

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