My Tax Bill Is So Wrong!
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 certain documents or other evidence that would have worked in the taxpayer’s favor.
Reopening Old Audit Disputes
Audit reconsideration allows a taxpayer to fight the audit results even if a number of 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 were 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 would need to submit a written statement requesting the IRS to reconsider the audit. Generally the following information must accompany your reconsideration request.
- Items that you want 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 statue is still open.
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