Wrong Tax Bill

A taxpayer might have gone through a state or federal tax audit resulting in an additional tax assessment. During the tax audit, the taxpayer might have been unable to prove his case due to the lack of specific documents or other evidence that would have worked in the taxpayer’s favor.

Reopening Old Audit Disputes

Audit reconsideration allows taxpayers to fight the audit results even if some years have passed. So, if you still owe back taxes due to audit errors, you may be able to request that the IRS review its assessment (provided you did not agree to the assessment or lost your case in tax court).

IRS may agree to reevaluate the audit assessment if the taxpayer:

  • Missed the audit
  • Did not know or found out too late to participate in the IRS audit
  • Provided documents or other evidence that was ignored
  • Found new substantiation


An audit reconsideration request is generally appropriate in the following situations:

  • New information is uncovered
  • The IRS filed an inflated return on behalf of a non-filer


Information to Be Submitted

The taxpayer must submit a written statement requesting the IRS to reconsider the audit.  Generally, the following information must accompany your reconsideration request.

  • Items that you want to be reconsidered
  • Proof supporting your claim
  • Other evidence supporting your position
  • Copies of original audit reports (if available)


The IRS Will Eventually Respond

The IRS will take several months or longer to evaluate your case. If you owe taxes, you should contact the collection division to let them know that you are working on reconsideration. You may consider entering into an installment agreement while the reconsideration is pending.  If you win your case, you will owe less or get some money back if the refund statute is still open. Contact us for Tax Attorneys in Sacramento.

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