Audited by the IRS: Every Taxpayer's Worst Nightmare!


Audited by the IRS: Avoid & Cope

audited irs helpGetting audited by the IRS is a very stressful scenario for a taxpayer. Having a year or more of transactions scrutinized by a critical eye is not something anyone wants to go through. This page will give you the information you need to hopefully prevent getting audited by the IRS. If you are about to get audited by the IRS, it will help you prepare for the inevitable and deal with the assessed debt after it is over.

How to Prevent Getting Audited by the IRS

The best way to prevent getting audited by the IRS is to prepare the most accurate tax returns possible and provide plenty of supporting documentation. It also helps to know how the IRS chooses tax returns for an audit.

  • Tax returns done by those who promote or participate in abusive tax shelters.
  • Tax returns with high DIF scores, which rate the potential for change.
  • Tax returns with high UIDIF scores, which rate the potential for unreported income.
  • Tax returns filed by large corporations.
  • Tax returns with income information that does not match what is on file.

Another reason your tax returns may be chosen is if you have any kind of financial relationship with someone who the IRS audited. This means, if the IRS audited your business partner or the company that helps you with your investments, you may also go through an investigation. Be very careful who you do business with, if you wish to prevent getting audited by the IRS.

What to Do If You Get Audited by the IRS

If you wind up getting audited by the IRS, all you can do is make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. The first step in this is to treat everyone involved with as much respect and courtesy as possible. Provide all the documentation you can. Even if you cannot find everything that is required, the auditor will be more likely to use the figures you provide, if you have been honest and cooperative so far. Go over everything that the auditor presents to you. If you find something that does not seem correct, discuss it with your auditor. Be sure to have the paperwork to back up anything you think was done incorrectly. If you are getting audited by someone who is difficult to work with, you can request a new auditor or register a complaint with their supervisor.

What to Do If the IRS Audited & Assessed a Debt

If the IRS audited you and assessed a tax debt, it is your decision what is done about your debt. If you have the ability to pull together the funds to pay it in full, this is your best option. In the end, you will save yourself a great deal of money in penalties and interest. For many taxpayers, this is not an option. If that is the case, you can look into getting an Installment Agreement to make monthly payments. For some taxpayers, there is absolutely no room in their budget to make any payment to the IRS. Entering the Currently Not Collectible status, may provide temporary relief until their finances improve.

If the IRS audited you and you don't know how to pay your tax debt, consult a professional. Call now or fill out the form below for a free tax debt consultation to find out what to do after getting audited by the IRS! We'll only connect you with a tax debt relief company holding at least a B rating with the Better Business Bureau.


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