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Seven Surprising Facts About Audit Reconsideration Process

What You Don’t Know Can Save You Big Bucks

Having read the title of this blog, you might be shaking your head, saying, “The biggest surprise of all is that I’m looking for information on how to get an audit reconsideration.” What follows that sentiment may be understandably unfit for publication.

It’s okay. You’re not alone. The audit reconsideration process is a little-known option available to American taxpayers. It is most often used by taxpayers who disagree with their audit determinations. The number of taxpayers pursuing this option grows every year, as does their success rate.

Audit reconsideration offers a unique opportunity to informally engage the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a debate over your tax audit. To learn more about the audit reconsideration process, read our seven favorite surprising facts about it below.

  1. There is no mention of audit reconsideration in the United States tax code. Audit reconsideration is offered as an administrativecourtesy by the IRS.
  2. In 2007, the Taxpayer Advocate Service closed 11,091 audit reconsideration cases, and more than 71% of those taxpayers were granted full relief of their tax liability for the audited period.
  3. Yelling girlIf the IRS filed a tax return on your behalf and did not grant you tax credits that you are entitled to, audit reconsideration is an easy way to get those tax credits.
  4. To request audit reconsideration, you just have to submit a letter explaining why the IRS’s findings were wrong, and attach supporting documentation to it. There is no formal form to submit for audit reconsideration.
  5. While audit reconsideration is underway, the IRS halts all collection efforts until a new determination is reached.
  6. You can only pursue audit reconsideration if you have not paid your amount due. If you have paid your tax bill, you must instead file a Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
  7. If you previously agreed to pay the amount of tax you owe by signing an agreement, you cannot submit an audit reconsideration request.

Even though audit reconsideration is an “informal” administrative service offered by the IRS, it is possible to blow your chance at tax relief by missing deadlines or submitting useless documentation. Hiring an experienced accountant to help you submit an accurate and thorough request for audit reconsideration will increase your chances of receiving a favorable outcome.

Many people are intimidated by the mere thought of working with the IRS. However, professional tax accountants deal with the IRS on a regular basis. They know the ins and outs of how the IRS functions, and can perceive and interpret the nuances of your unique situation. Hiring a professional to handle the audit reconsideration for you means that you can rest easy knowing that your case is in good hands. It means fewer missed work days, less stress, and a better chance at getting the results you want.

If you need more information about audit reconsideration, download our special report here. The report includes audit reconsideration criteria as well as details on who is eligible and the steps to consider.

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Leading the industry through his innovative approach, Dino Katsiametis has over 17 years of extensive experience within mortgage, banking and real estate industries. His passion for the collective financial and investment services sector combined with his distinct insight, has catapulted Money Matters with Dino onto the forefront of financial news.

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