Published: | Last Updated: July 5, 2023
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The letter and attachments will list the information you need to gather. If you have any questions or are unsure what you need to provide, contact the examiner listed on the letter. Confirm that the date and time for the meeting are convenient for you. If not, contact the examiner before the appointment to discuss rescheduling.
You, the examiner, and your representative (if you have an attorney, accountant, or other eligible person with you) will meet for an initial interview. If you would like someone to represent you, complete Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. The interview will cover information about your financial history, business operations, if applicable, and the records you keep. The examiner’s questions will help him or her understand the documentation you provide. Organize your records as much as possible — it will help speed up the examiner’s review of your records. If the examiner needs more information, he or she will ask for it in writing.
If you don’t voluntarily give the IRS the information requested on Form 4564, Information Document Request, the IRS may ask others (such as your bank, employer, customers, etc.) for the information, summons the information from you or others (a summons generally requires the information be provided, although there are certain exceptions), or adjust items on your return (or left off your return) that you didn’t support with appropriate documentation.
Ask your examiner or ask to speak to his or her manager. If you want professional assistance, you can seek help from an attorney, certified public accountant, or enrolled agent. You may qualify for free or low-cost assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
See a full discussion of In Person Audits.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayers’ rights. We can offer you help if your tax problem is causing a financial difficulty, you’ve tried and been unable to resolve your issue with the IRS, or you believe an IRS system, process, or procedure just isn’t working as it should. If you qualify for our assistance, which is always free, we will do everything possible to help you.
Visit www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov or call 1-877-777-4778.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS and TAS. LITCs represent individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve tax problems with the IRS. LITCs can represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes before the IRS and in court. In addition, LITCs can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a small fee. For more information or to find an LITC near you, see the LITC page on the TAS website or Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.
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