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Jim Revels, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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Does the IRS look over every income tax return before a ...

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Does the IRS look over every income tax return before a check is issued?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Jim Revels replied 9 years ago.
The typical process is automated via a scanning process. A person does not actually look over your return, a computer program compares some or all of the information that was reported to the IRS to see if the information matches. If the information matches then the return is sent to processing and a check is produced. If there are discrepancies in the information the computer will correct your filing and amend the amount you are refunded(typically). Additionally, there are checks comparing the variance from one year to the next which can cause a specific return to then be reviewed by an individual. Additionally, just because the system does not find a discrepancy due to non receipt of information they can always send a notice of the difference at a later time not to excedd 3 years from the date of filing.