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How to form a proper tax audit defense

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2021 | Internal Revenue Service

Audit defense involves the presentation and justifying the evidence of one’s financial returns after receiving an audit report from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It happens after the IRS notifies you to provide more information to verify the accuracy of your returns. Businesses can use expert help from an individual or company with experience with the IRS. The auditor helps design a strategy and represents you or your organization at every step of the process. 

Planning

If you are being audited, you require as much help and guidance as you can, especially if you have lost data or have not kept proper records. Reconstruction of your revenue and spending records, whether corporate or personal, is extensive. It may take many months before you hear about your records from the IRS.

When planning, you should ensure that your documentation is rock solid. Take the time and acquire the expertise to get it right. The submission of unorganized records can cause delayed audits. Other difficulties also tend to be exacerbated throughout future tax years.

Organizing

Once the IRS decides you can complete an audit defense case, they will request you to complete the designation of the authority. In this step, collect the accessible facts and provide the official answer.

Providing results

Examine the audit results to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome. In many situations, self-prepared tax return audit modifications are unavoidable because of mistakes in filing and accidental omissions. Similarly, if you cannot document your deductions, you will have to make changes. Fortunately, it is possible to overcome more taxes, such as unlocking tax credits or deductions that are made accessible when your revenue and tax liability change.

With all the complexity of the defense process, you may find it quite complicated to handle an audit of a tax return. Whether you are a tax examiner or an audit representative, it can prove to be difficult. Examiners make errors, though rarely. Such mistakes will remain undiscovered without expert help. Therefore, it’s wise to engage tax consultants to assist you with the defense process.

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