An IRS audit can be stressful and time-consuming, but if you believe the audit’s outcome is incorrect, you have the right to appeal. Here’s a step-by-step guide for Texas taxpayers to appeal their IRS audits.
Request a meeting with the IRS auditor
Before officially filing an appeal, meeting with the IRS auditor who conducted the audit is a good idea. During this meeting, you can discuss the findings and provide any additional information or documentation that may support your case. The audit may be resolved without requiring further action if the auditor agrees with your position.
If you and the auditor are unable to come to a resolution, you will need to gather evidence to support your appeal. This could include financial records, receipts and other documentation supporting your position. Make sure to keep copies of everything you submit to the IRS, as you may need them later.
File an appeal with the IRS office of appeals
To file appeals for tax audits, you will need to complete Form 12203, Request for Appeals Review. This form can be found on the IRS website and should be submitted to the IRS Office of Appeals along with any supporting documentation.
Prepare for a hearing
Once your appeal has been filed, you may be asked to attend a hearing with the Office of Appeals. During this hearing, you will have the opportunity to present your case and answer any questions from the appeals officer. It’s a good idea to prepare for this hearing by practicing your presentation, anticipating potential questions and organizing your evidence.
Wait for a decision
After the hearing, the appeals officer will decide and provide you with written notification of the outcome. If the decision is not in your favor, you may have the option to take your case to tax court.
Appealing your IRS audit
Appealing an IRS audit can be a complex process, but it’s important to remember that you have the right to contest the findings if you believe they are incorrect. By following these steps and being prepared, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome.