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A taxpayer who discovers inaccuracies in their audit may ask the IRS for an audit reconsideration if any of the following factors exist:

     (1)     The taxpayer did not personally appear at the audit.

     (2)     The taxpayer moved and did not receive correspondence from the IRS related to the audit.

     (3)     The taxpayer has new documentation to present to the IRS

     (4)     The taxpayer submitted documentation to the IRS that the IRS did not consider.  (NOTE:  This is a common occurrence during correspondence audits since the taxpayer is not

              actually present to go over documentation in person with the IRS Representative.)

     (5)     The taxpayer did not file an original return and the IRS prepared the return for the taxpayer by using documents received from third parties.  These third party documents might 

               include W-2's,1099s,K-1s,etc.

     (6)     The taxpayer has not paid the tax owed.

     (7)     The taxpayer claimed a credit that the IRS denied.  This often occurs with the first-time homebuyer's credit.




There are cases when the taxpayer may not qualify to request an audit reconsideration .  These include:


     (1)     If the taxpayer already entered a closing agreement with the IRS after the audit

     (2)     If the taxpayer has filed for an "offer in compromise."  An offer in compromise allows the taxpayer to settle the tax debt for less than the amount owed.  If the taxpayer has filed the offer

              in compromise, the taxpayer is, in effect, admitting to the full tax liability and promising to pay the lesser amount agreed upon to settle the debt.

     (3)     If the taxpayer is a member of a partnership in which the partnership has received a final audit report

    (4)     The court, (including the U.S. Court or another court), has issued a final decision regarding the tax liability.



There is recourse for taxpayers that do not qualify for audit reconsideration.  Asheville Total Tax Solutions,Inc. will be able to assist the taxpayer with selecting the best alternative for the

taxpayer's particular situation.  Alternatives to audit reconsideration include:


     (1)     If the tax liability is in doubt, the taxpayer may present a simplified "offer in compromise" that does not require a filing fee.  This offer in compromise allows the taxpayer to settle

              the debt by paying an agreed upon lesser amount than originally owed.

     (2)     The taxpayer may file an amended Form 1040X .  The taxpayer may use Form 1040X to correct an error on the original tax return.

     (3)     The taxpayer may file Form 843 "Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement."  Form 843 is used to claim a refund or to ask for an abatement of certain types of taxes, penalties,

              fees and interest.

     (4)     The taxpayer may file Form 8857  "Innocent Spouse Relief."  If a taxpayer becomes aware of a tax obligation for which their spouse, (or former spouse), is solely responsible,

              the taxpayer should file Form 8857 to request relief from that tax liability.

Working with the IRS to settle a tax dispute is a complicated process.  Be sure to consult a tax professional to assist you.  Asheville Total Tax Solutions, Inc. has the expertise to guide you through the tedious  process of settling a tax dispute.







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Our practice focuses on, in addition to tax preparations, IRS representation of taxpayer before the IRS concerning collection matters.  We do tax planning either on event driven bases or comprehensively.  More than a few taxpayers who petition the United States Tax Court to settle their dispute with the IRS choose to represent themselves before the court rather than engage an attorney.  We assist these taxpayers through income tax research and other guidance.


What is an audit reconsideration ?


Many times after an audit has been completed, the taxpayer discovers that the audit results were inaccurate.  These discoveries are common in the case of a so-called correspondence audit.  Office and field audits are generally accurate, but, errors are committed in these audits also.


There are three main types of IRS audits: a correspondence audit, an office audit and a field audit.  The correspondence audit involves a letter from the IRS requesting additional information about a particular part of the taxpayer's tax return.  An Office audit involves meeting with the IRS agent at the IRS office.  During a field audit, an IRS agent may visit a home or business to examine financial information.


An audit reconsideration exam gives the taxpayer another chance to arrive at the correct tax liability.


If you have any questions about audit reconsideration or other IRS examination issues in Asheville, North Carolina or the surrounding area please feel free to contact us at (828) 253-7231 or visit us on the web at

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