Category Archives: Audit

The Dreaded IRS Audit Notice

While we’re waiting for the TaxQuips Forum to go back up, today TaxMama® wants to discuss what to do when you get an IRS audit notice.

Eight Tips for Taxpayers Who Receive an IRS Notice

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service [TaxMama Note: For information on how to understand the letter from IRS, click here.] Receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service is no cause for alarm. Every year the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers. In the event one shows up in your mailbox, here […]

Stakeholder Meeting Topics covered – Collections, Tax Assistance Counter, ITINs and more

Report from IRS Stakeholder Meeting – Los Angeles, June 28, 2012   Stakeholder Meeting Topics covered – Collections, Tax Assistance Counter, ITINs and more

Audit Risk

Today TaxMama® hears from Hugh in the TaxQuips Forum with a long question. “To make his story short, he lays out his income and expenses and wants to know what his audit risk is – and what records to retain in case he’s ever audited.”

Courts Protect Taxpayer Basis and Audit Limits

Here are a couple of tax-related court cases you might find interesting. Attorney Ronald Marini writes about a very recent Supreme Court decision that limits IRS’ audit powers in a way you’ll like. The IRS is limited to three years to audit you or your business when it comes to determining the basis of anything […]

Get All the Paperwork

Today TaxMama® hears from someone else in the TaxQuips Forum who is being audited. “This person is being audited by IRS for a child tax credit. At this point, she can no longer locate the care provider to get her Social Security Number – the woman’s phone is disconnected. She didn’t get receipts for her […]

Overcome Closed or Signed-Off Audits

Today TaxMama® hears from someone in the TaxQuips Forum who was overwhelmed. Let summarize. “After a grueling audit, and a lot of personal tragedies, the IRS agent went back and reviewed the medical mileage. Despite having detailed evidence to prove the mileage, the reason it was medical mileage, and the reason the treatment needed to […]

A Ridiculous Situation

Today TaxMama hears from MR in the TaxQuips Forum with a stupid problem.  “In the course of a personal audit, IRS made a routine request for an employer letter to verify that his education is not a minimum requirement of the job. MR’s boss at TSA is afraid to write the letter – and is […]

California FTB Audits – Guaranteed Income

TaxMama note:  The Franchise Tax Board is starting these audits of people who have been relieved of debt in one manner or another. Odds are, at least 30% – 40% of the audits will turn up errors, with taxes due. I bet that 10% – 15% will turn up errors in the taxpayers favor, where […]