Audit Representation or Defense
A tax audit may be an intimidating experience as you must be prepared to explain the nature of your income and substantiate the expenses and deductions claimed on your tax return.
It is likely that the examination of one tax return may lead to other tax years being opened for audit. Additionally, in order to properly defend yourself, you may be required to have an extensive knowledge of the tax codes and regulations.
However, you should always keep in mind that you do have rights as a taxpayer.
- A taxpayer has the right to be represented by a tax attorney, enrolled agent, or CPA during the audit.
- The taxpayer does not have to be present at the audit interview unless an administrative summons has been issued.
- A taxpayer may request that the audit interview be suspended in order to consult with a representative.
- A taxpayer has the right to know why the IRS is requesting a specific piece of information.
- A taxpayer has the right to make an audio recording of the audit interview if advance notice is provided.
- The IRS may conduct only one inspection of a taxpayer's books unless the IRS provides written notice.
If you receive notice from the IRS stating that your return has been selected for an audit, it is time to seek help from a tax professional.
If you have already been through a tax audit which resulted in additional taxes, penalties, and interest being assessed, you do have options besides paying the tax liabilities in full.
Are You Being Audited By The IRS or Under Tax Examination and Need IRS Audit Representation?
Have you received a tax authority letter or notice, and don't know what to do next?
The response you should give could be simple, or it could be very complicated.
Keith will help you understand what the IRS is asking for, so that you can respond correctly to the letter and put it behind you.
What Triggers an IRS letter?
• The agency notices a discrepancy on any of your tax returns and needs an explanation.
• An amount paid is short or over what the tax agency calculates as due.
• You have been selected for an audit.
• You miss a payment deadline for taxes due.
• You miss a deadline for filing tax returns.
• You fail to respond to previous correspondence.
An audit can be extremely nerve-wracking and your Taxpayer Bill of Rights allows you to retain IRS audit representation so you can get relief by having a tax professional on your side, walking you through the entire process.
If it’s a discrepancy letter or balance due, the response can be fairly simple to craft and send.
It’s always a good idea to get a tax professional to review or develop any response you need to send to the IRS.
If you’re being audited, you will need to get ready for your meeting.
The IRS officer has probably asked for certain records.
A tax professional can help you get ready and can guide you as to what you should be willing to provide to the IRS and what you shouldn’t.
One example is if the IRS asks for your QuickBooks file or online access and you have several years of data in there.
You only want to provide the IRS officer with the year in question; otherwise you’ll open yourself up to more scrutiny than you want.
Getting Audit Representation Help
We’ve represented taxpayers with audits before the IRS, and we can help you, too. We can:
- Respond professionally to any IRS correspondence you receive
- Contact the IRS on your behalf so that you don’t have to face them directly
- Represent your case before the IRS
- Fight for you on issues that come up, such as positions taken on tax returns
- Escalate your issue to other remedies if the solution feels unfair or extreme
Support for Surviving Your IRS Audit
Contact us at no obligation to you so we can help you navigate the IRS audit process to a satisfactory outcome.
Your tax audit is handled with the utmost confidentiality and privacy.
What is Tax Audit Representation?
Tax audit representation, also called audit defense, is a service in which a tax or legal professional stands in on behalf of a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) during an IRS or state income tax audit.
During an income tax audit or examination, the IRS and all states allow a taxpayer to have an authorized representative.
The representative must have permission to practice before the IRS or state, and specific credentials are required.
The types of representatives who are allowed to represent taxpayers before the IRS in income tax audits include attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents.
A tax audit representative develops the strategy used to defend the taxpayer’s position.
He or she assists the taxpayer in preparing all documents requested by the taxing authority and typically attends all meetings and handles correspondence on behalf of the taxpayer.
TheCPATaxProblemSolver the tax debt relief specialists will do the work for you.
UNDERSTANDING IRS AUDIT REPRESENTATION
IRS audit representation is a type of tax debt resolution in which a tax attorney stands in on behalf of a taxpayer during an IRS audit.
During a tax audit, the IRS allows taxpayers to have an authorized representative, which includes enrolled agents, CPAs, and attorneys.
The IRS audit representative will develop a strategy beforehand and use it to defend the taxpayer’s position.
Their work also includes preparing documents that are requested by the taxing authority, as well as handling correspondence and attending meetings on behalf of the taxpayer.