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What is an IRS Audit?

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An IRS audit is a review/examination of an organization’s or individual’s accounts and financial information to ensure information is being reported correctly, according to the tax laws, to verify the amount of tax reported is accurate.

Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights and Claims for Refund explains the audit process in more detail.

 

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IRS Audit Selection

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Audit Selection

Selecting a return for audit does not always suggest that an error has been made. Returns are selected using a variety of methods, including:

Random selection and computer screening – sometimes returns are selected based solely on a statistical formula.
Document matching – when payor records, such as Forms W-2 or Form 1099, don’t match the information reported.
Related examinations – returns may be selected for audit when they involve issues or transactions with other taxpayers, such as business partners ...

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IRS Audit Methods

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An audit may be conducted by mail or through an in-person interview and review of the taxpayer’s records. The interview may be at an IRS office (office audit) or at the taxpayer’s home, place of business, or accountant’s office (field audit). The IRS will tell you what records are needed. Audits can result in no changes or changes. Any proposed changes to your return will be explained.

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