How to File an IRS Audit Reconsideration Request
An audit reconsideration request is the process by which a taxpayer is allowed to dispute the results of a recent audit of their tax return. If you disagree with audit results that prompted the IRS to assess additional taxes to you or a tax credit was reversed, the IRS may very well agree to take a second look at your case.
Do You Qualify?
You might be eligible to request an audit reconsideration if the following conditions are met:
- The tax return in question must already be filed.
- The taxpayer must have new or additional information that was not part of the original audit process.
- The taxpayer cannot have already paid the taxes assessed.
- The taxpayer needs to be able to communicate which portion of the audit is in dispute.
How To File
If you have determined that you are eligible for an IRS reconsideration request, your next step is to file your request with the IRS. Keep in mind that the IRS is not required to review or accept your request, they have full discretion over how they handle each reconsideration request. You must take the following steps to ensure that the IRS will actually review and potentially accept your information.
- Communication: You will need to include a detailed, well written letterthat outlines the reason for the reconsideration request that summarizes the situation. This letter should include details about the new information that you would like reviewed since the audit took place. The more detailed information and documentation that you can provide, the better.
- Tax Return: You should submit a copy of the submitted tax return in question, even if you have previously included this information.
- Audit Report: You should also include a copy of the audit report you received if possible.
- Submission: You should submit the reconsideration request to the tax office that you have been in communication with. There is no special form required for this request.
What Happens Next?
You can expect to hear from the IRS regarding your reconsideration request within about thirty days of submission. You will likely get your response from the IRS in writing. They will most often send you a written explanation that is attached to your documentation. It is difficult to predict whether a reconsideration request will be granted, but if you have cause for filing one, you should certainly try.
Consider Getting Help With Your Request
As with many complicated tax issues, it is often extremely useful to get assistance from a reputable tax firm so that you can put your strongest case forward to the IRS. Success Tax Relief has handled many reconsideration requests for our clients in our thirty years of experience. Our team is familiar with all current tax law and can review your tax return, audit report and any new information to determine whether your request is strong enough to be put forth.
If you have completed the audit process, disagree with the results and have some new information that should be considered, call our team at 1-877-825-1179 before you move forward. We will help you take the next step towards clearing up any issues with the IRS!