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What to Expect During an IRS Audit 

Law Office of Scott N. Tisevich Aug. 31, 2022

Businessman Using Magnifying to Review Balance Sheet AnnualIf you live and work in the United States, you have an obligation to pay income taxes. However, some taxpayers underreport their taxes, make math errors, or fail to report certain income. Through an IRS audit, the tax authorities will detect taxpayer errors and identify tax fraud while ensuring all income, credits, and expenses are accurately reported. An experienced Nevada tax litigation attorney can enlighten you about what to expect during an IRS audit and help you navigate crucial decisions. 

Scott N. Tisevich has devoted his career to providing outstanding legal services and guiding clients through the complexities of IRS audits. He is available to discuss your unique circumstances and guide you through every legal phase involved in the IRS auditing process. The Law Office of Scott N. Tisevich is proud to serve clients across Reno, Las Vegas, Churchill County, Story County, and Douglas County, Nevada. 

How Does the IRS Choose Who to Audit? 

An IRS audit can be described as a review of the tax information, accounts, and returns of a person, entity, or company. The purpose of an IRS audit is to verify that all reported income, credits, and expenses are accurate and consistent with applicable tax laws. The IRS will choose who to audit either randomly or based on suspicious activities. 

What Can I Do to Prepare? 

In order to prepare for an IRS audit, here’s what you need to do: 

  • Organize your financial records. 

  • Organize your tax records for each year. 

  • Get copies of your income, credits, and expenses. 

  • Get a summary of all transactions. 

  • Send copies of all records and correspondence to the address provided in the IRS audit notice. 

An experienced attorney can help gather and document all financial records and tax information and enlighten you about the auditing process. 

What Happens During the Audit? 

During the IRS audit, the tax officials will ask you to present relevant information and records to support your income, deductions, and credits as claimed in your tax return. Your audit may fall into one of the following categories: 

Correspondence Audit: This is the least intrusive audit. It focuses on less significant issues, including routine math errors, questionable deductions, omitted income, or missing paperwork. You can complete this type of audit in no time and without stress. 

Office Examination Audit: In an office audit, you will schedule an appointment at the IRS office. The revenue agent or tax compliance officer will review your records and determine whether you reported correct information about your income, deductibles, and credits. 

Field Audit: A field audit is often complex and conducted in different phases by the tax compliance officer. The officer will schedule an in-person interview, review your records, and verify that your tax returns are accurate. 

If you receive an audit notice from the IRS, you need to reach out to an experienced tax attorney right away. Your lawyer can help you understand your rights and guide you through the entire auditing process. 

What Rights Do I Have During the Audit? 

During the IRS audit, you have the following rights: 

Right to Privacy and Confidentiality – The IRS must keep your information confidential and may not disclose it to any other person unless required by law. 

Right to Representation – During an IRS audit, you may represent yourself or hire another person – a tax attorney – to represent you. 

Right to Professional and Courteous Service – The IRS must treat you in a professional and courteous manner. 

Right to Pay Only the Correct Amount of Tax Due – You are only required to pay the exact amount of tax due under the law and nothing more. 

Right to Appeals and Judicial Review – If you disagree with the official decision from the IRS, the collection process, or the amount of tax liability, you may file a tax appeal. Your appeal petition must be filed within 30 days of receiving the decision. 

An experienced Nevada tax resolution attorney can represent your best interests during the IRS audit and ensure that none of your rights are violated by the tax officials. 

Let an Experienced Nevada Tax Attorney Help You 

In the event that you receive an IRS audit notice, hiring an experienced tax attorney is important for detailed guidance. The Law Office of Scott N. Tisevich is committed to offering personalized legal counsel, advocacy, and skilled representation to clients in both federal and state tax matters, including IRS audits. 

As your legal counsel, Scott N. Tisevich will evaluate all of the facts of your case and help strategize an ideal solution for your unique situation. Also, he will represent you vigorously at every phase of the IRS audit and improve your chances of the best possible outcome. Even if you’re not satisfied with the outcome of the audit, Scott N. Tisevich can help file an appeal or seek to negotiate a more favorable resolution with the tax authorities. 

Don’t go through with an IRS audit without experienced guidance. Contact the Law Office of Scott N. Tisevich today to schedule a simple case assessment with a reliable tax law attorney. He can offer you the knowledgeable legal counsel and reliable advocacy you need to navigate the auditing process. The firm is proud to serve clients across Reno, Las Vegas, Churchill County, Story County, Carson City, Lyon County, and Douglas County, Nevada.