As former IRS agents, I can’t tell you the horror stories we have heard on the hundreds of hundreds of people who IRS audited their tax returns and they were wrong.


This happens for many reasons.

You will find out in this article what you can do to fix the process when IRS got your tax audit went wrong.

Many times taxpayers never got their IRS notices, the taxpayers did not have the proper records to defend the audit, your accountant or CPA did a bad job, and many taxpayers did not even have an idea of the outcome.

So what can you do if this has happened to you. Many times you have other reasons to appeal or ask for an IRS audit reconsideration.


If you have any questions about the process or need representation, please feel free to call us. But below you will find out all about the IRS audit reconsideration process and how to try to undo your tax audit so it is correctly in line with your correct tax liability.


The IRS Audit reconsideration

Did you get a notice from the IRS saying your tax return wasaudited (or the IRS created a return for you) and you owe taxes, and you disagree with the tax the IRS says you owe?

In any of the four situations below, you can request an Audit Reconsideration – a process that reopens your IRS audit.

• You have new information to show the IRS about the audit of your income or expenses.

• You disagree with the tax the IRS says you owe.

• You never appeared for the audit appointment or sent the IRS your information.

• You moved and never got the IRS’s audit report.

You can’t request reconsideration if:

• You’ve already paid the full amount you owe.


In that case, you must file a formal claim for refund with an IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

• You previously agreed to pay the amount you owe by signing an agreement such as an IRS Form 906, Closing Agreement; an offer in compromise agreement; or an agreement on IRS Form 870-AD, Offer to Waive Restrictions on Assessment and Collection of Tax Deficiency and to Accept Overassessment, with the Office of Appeals.

• The United States Tax Court, or another court, has issued a final determination that you owe the tax.

For partnerships, you can’t request audit reconsideration on an issue that has been finally determined through an IRS administrative adjustment or under an agreement with the IRS.


What to Do

The IRS typically mails an audit report (sometimes called an examination report) to you within a few weeks after conducting an audit.

This report explains any proposed changes to your tax return. You should review the complete audit report, including the report’s attachments to figure out which changes you think may be incorrect.

If you don’t have this report or can’t locate the report you received, you may either call the IRS toll-free help line (800) 829-1040 to request a copy of the report or you may set up an appointment at your local Taxpayer Assistance Center for assistance.

Gather documentation to support your position. You do not want to waste any time in less you have the documentation to support your claim.

IRS does not have to look at your claim the faith find that it’s frivolous so make sure your documents are organized in order clear and easy for IRS to process.


• Make sure the documentation is new information that wasn’t part of the original audit, and that it’s for the tax year the IRS audited.


Send your request for audit reconsideration to the office that last corresponded with you

You don’t need to complete a special form – just a letter explaining your request for audit reconsideration. Be clear about which changes you want the IRS to consider.


You should provide:

• A copy of your audit report (IRS Form 4549, Income Tax Examination Changes), if available.

• Copies of the new documentation that supports your position. Don’t send original documents. Send copies.

When your send your information to the Internal Revenue Service, you always want to ask for certified mail.



If you have an installment agreement, keep making payments during the reconsideration process.

Watch for a response from the IRS

You should expect to hear from the IRS about your reconsideration request within 30 days.

The IRS will send you a letter, if it needs more information.

You’ll be notified once the IRS reviews all your information.


The IRS may  or has the option to:

• Accept your information and abate (remove) the tax it previously assessed;

• Accept your information in part and partially reduce the tax; or

• Find that your information didn’t support your claim and the prior assessment stands.
If you agree with the reconsideration results, pay the remaining balance you owe, if any. If you can’t pay in full, consider your payment options.

If you disagree with the reconsideration results, you can request a conference with the Office of Appeals.

You can also pay the balance due in full and then file a claim for refund with an Amended Return (IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return).

So, if the Internal Revenue Service got your IRS tax audit long, call us today to fix the problem we can file for an IRS audit reconsideration and get you back in the system fast and if you’re going to owe money work out a settlement at the same time.


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Mr. Michael D. Sullivan

Michael D. Sullivan is the founder of MD Sullivan Tax Group. He had a distinguished career with the Internal Revenue Service for 10 years. As a veteran IRS Revenue Officer / Agent, he served as an Offer in Compromise Tax Specialist and Large Dollar Case Specialist.

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