Have you received notice of an IRS audit? Don’t fret—our audit defense team at Levy & Associates can help.
An IRS audit is an evaluation of your financial records to determine if they match your tax returns. The IRS may choose to perform an audit of your finances for several reasons, ranging from inconsistent filings to reported business losses.
However, regardless of the cause of your audit, you should plan to have an experienced, professional audit defense team on your side to help you receive the best possible outcome. At Levy & Associates, our tax professionals have extensive experience navigating tax audits for our clients, and you can feel confident in our professionalism and expertise during your case.
Additionally, knowing the IRS audit process can relieve your stress throughout your audit. To help you learn all about audits and audit defense, we have created this ultimate guide to surviving an IRS audit. Read on to learn more about the audit defense process and how our IRS audit defense team at Levy & Associates can help.
What Is an IRS Audit?
An IRS tax audit is an inspection of your financial records to determine the accuracy of the information on your income tax returns.
When you submit your quarterly or annual tax return, the IRS will review the return for inaccuracies or inconsistencies that could indicate a miscalculation. If the revenue service notices any errors or suspicious activities on your return, it can audit you, or request to examine your financial records more closely.
During an audit, the IRS can inspect any financial records or statements that you used to file your tax return. These documents may include:
When you offer this information for the IRS to review, you put yourself in a vulnerable position to receive penalties for your financial behavior. As a result, you want to provide all of the information the IRS is looking for without giving them too much additional tax information.
Unless you have prior experience with tax audits, the best way to navigate an audit successfully is to hire a tax professional to represent you.
What Is an Audit Defense?
An Audit defense is the process of hiring a tax professional to represent you during a tax audit.
When you receive an audit notice, you have the right to hire an authorized representative to guide you and represent you throughout the audit. This representative can provide numerous services to assist you throughout the audit defense process.
Your audit defense team will serve as your direct line of communication to the IRS and handle all relevant aspects of your audit for you. Hiring our team of tax professionals from Levy & Associates will allow you to feel confident that you are doing everything you can to receive a favorable outcome from your audit.
The Audit Defense Process
We know that receiving an audit notice can be stressful and frustrating, so we do everything we can to make our defense process as stress-free and straightforward as possible. When you hire our team, we will provide the following services to rectify any discrepancies with the IRS:
Overall, working with a tax professional can ensure that you navigate the audit process smoothly and only pay your fair share to the IRS.
How Can an Audit Defense Help You?
Many people attempt to navigate the audit process on their own. However, there are several benefits to hiring an audit defense team to represent you. Here are a few of the primary ways hiring an audit defense can help you through an IRS audit.
Saves You Time
IRS audits can take several months or even years to complete. This process involves a lot of back and forth with the IRS, requiring you to answer questions, prevent evidence, submit statements, counter claims, and appeal decisions.
However, hiring an audit defense team can take the weight of the audit process off your shoulders. Our team will handle all of the logistics surrounding your case, saving you the stress and time involved in representing yourself.
Saves You Money
You may believe that hiring an audit defense team will cost you additional money that you do not have—especially if you need to pay fees at the end of the audit. However, hiring our tax professionals can actually save you money in the long run.
When the IRS audits you, you want to do everything you can to prove that the reports on your tax return are accurate. Our team can help you present your case favorably and compile all of the necessary evidence to refute the IRS’s claims. If the IRS determines that no balance is due, you will not have to pay any fees.
Tax law is detailed, complicated, and thorough. When the IRS audits you, the auditor who completes your inspection will know tax law like the back of their hand, allowing them to catch the tiniest holes in your financial records.
However, hiring a tax professional to represent you ensures that your defense matches the expertise the IRS auditor brings to the table. At Levy & Associates, we have extensive experience and knowledge regarding tax law, and we have helped clients navigate the audit process for many years.
If you attempt to communicate with the IRS yourself, you may feel overwhelmed with the complicated jargon. We know that your job is not to know tax code and navigate tax laws—that’s our job. We’ll speak the language of the IRS for you to ensure the best outcome from your audit.
Contact Us Today
Audit defense is the most reliable way to receive a favorable outcome from a tax audit. Our tax professionals have spent years learning the audit process, allowing us to represent you well and reduce any penalties you may face.
Contact our IRS audit defense team at Levy & Associates today to learn more about how we can help you.