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IRS Audit Questions

Every year when people are preparing their taxes, one of the things that everyone tries to avoid is an IRS audit. Many companies that do people’s taxes advertise that they will stand behind the taxes that they do and will help if an individual gets audited. Other than the fear people feel when someone mentions an IRS audit, how much do they really know about an IRS audit? Below are questions that people have asked the Experts about IRS audits.

Is it possible for a return to go through an IRS audit more than once?

In many cases, it is possible for a single return to go through an IRS audit more than one time, though the occurrence is rare. Even though there is no law that expressly prohibits the IRS from performing numerous audits on one tax return, but for the IRS to perform an audit after one has already been performed the IRS will have to have strong valid reasoning for doing so.

What are the IRS audit penalties?

The penalties that an individual can receive from an IRS audit will be dependent on the findings of the IRS audit. However if the audit does show that the individual does owe taxes, the individual may incur interest and other monetary penalties from the date that the individual’s taxes were due. There is a possibility that any penalties can be mitigated if just cause is able to be shown. For the most part an IRS audit will not affect an individual’s credit score, unless the IRS has to file a lien against the individual to collect the tax debt.

Does the IRS investigation take place before or after the IRS audit?

Actually in most cases the IRS will not do an outside investigation. The process of the IRS audit usually requires that the taxpayer who is being audited provides a fair portion of the documents that are requested. During the audit the auditor may also speak with employees if the taxpayer being audited is a business, or glance over the business’s documentation. An auditor may conduct an interview via the mail or an interview with the taxpayer.

What happens if an individual disagrees with the outcome of an IRS audit?

If an individual does not agree with an IRS audit findings, then they need to respond to the IRS, making them aware that they do not feel that the findings from the audit are correct. The individual will need to request an informal review. If an individual wants their results of the informal review quickly, they can call the number on the IRS audit letter and make a request for an informal review of the audit with the supervisor of the auditor who conducted the audit.

The IRS does not on a usual basis perform an IRS audit more than once on one tax return. In the case that they do there is usually reasoning behind the second audit. There are no laws that keep the performance of more than one IRS audit on single tax return. IRS penalties depend upon the results of the IRS audit, if an individual’s income tax return that is being audited is incorrect and more taxes are owed then the amount owed may have interest applied to it from the time the return was due. Any questions regarding IRS audits can be directed to the Experts.
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