IRS Audit Process in Oakland County
Why was my tax return selected?
The Internal Revenue Service makes sure that taxes are correctly reported
by examining, also known as auditing, returns. Some returns are chosen
because the IRS believes that the taxpayer is attempting to avoid paying
complete taxes. If your information did not match your other forms, such
as your W-2 or Form 1099, you may face an audit. The IRS also has a computer
system that gives numeric scores based on the potential for change in
income and the potential of unreported income. If your return received
a high score, it may be more likely to be selected for audit. Your return
may also have been selected because a business partner was audited or
for a variety of other reasons.
How the Examination is Conducted
The examination will be conducted either by mail or in-person at an IRS
office, your home, your place of business or an accountant's office.
You can request a time change or a location change if the one the IRS
has selected is inconvenient. The notification letter you received will
tell you what records you need to bring, and you can either attend the
examination alone or have legal representation at the audit. During the
audit, the IRS may suggest changes and you can accept them or appeal them.
It is possible to record the meeting if you provide sufficient notice
to the IRS.
Your Rights as a Taxpayer
Although you may be nervous about an upcoming audit, it is important to
remember that you have rights. You have the right to representation, which
means that our Oakland County tax attorney can help you prepare your documents
for the IRS and continue to assist you with the audit. If the IRS is requesting
more information, you have the right to know why and how they will use
it. In addition to privacy and confidentiality, you are also able to appeal
the adjustments made by the IRS to the IRS or the Tax Court. If the courts
accept your case, you may even be able to appeal the taxes in the U.S.
Court of Appeals or to the Supreme Court.
Enlist the Assistance of an Oakland County Tax Lawyer
With more than 20 years of experience,
The Law Offices of Stuart Lee Sherman, PC is well-equipped to represent your best interests during a
tax controversy. In addition to achieving his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Sherman earned his
bachelor's degree in accounting and an LL.M. in taxation. Mr. Sherman
was selected for inclusion in the
Michigan Super Lawyers® Edition of 2006, an honor bestowed upon fewer than 5% of attorneys in
Clients come first at our firm, and you can rest assured that we will handle
your legal matters if you choose to work with our team. We are problem
solvers who are dedicated to seeking the best solution for you.
Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of obtaining the services of our
Oakland County tax lawyer!