Understanding Your Audit Letter

The standard way for the IRS to communicate to taxpayers about audits is through the US mail. There are various types of form letters they send. Below are some of the most common IRS audit notifications you may receive:

"One Issue" IRS Notices

The following are computer-generated notices you will receive if the IRS computer flags what it thinks is a mistake in your tax return:

"Full Audit" IRS Notices

The following are notices that you will receive when the IRS has determined that it is going to open up a wider inquiry (full audit) of your tax return(s):

Other IRS Notices

It is important not to overlook, ignore or delay acting upon IRS notification letters because your action is typically required and on a tight schedule. Just remember that if you don’t agree with the IRS findings generally you will always have a chance to dispute them. Delayed response makes this much more difficult. It is also typically advised never to sign IRS documents if you do not know to exactly what you are agreeing. If you are unsure of the appropriate actions to take, consider hiring a tax professional to help you.

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