Getting news of an audit sounds like your worst nightmare. It’s difficult on many levels. It takes a tremendous amount of time (that you probably don’t have to spare) to gather all the records and documents necessary. And, of course, it’s stressful. Beyond having the necessary paperwork, it can be nearly impossible to untangle and understand the complicated tax laws that may apply to your case. Frustration with the process can interfere with your concentration, leading to mistakes. Actually, news of an audit usually brings up many emotions beyond frustration. Most people respond to the news with a mixture of anxiety, fear, and anger. That makes preparing for your audit even harder.
Tax Representation: GPS can help.
With a federally-licensed Enrolled Agent at your side, you can breathe easier. As Enrolled Agents, were are up-to-date expert on all nuances of the IRS tax code. We have many years of tax representation experience dealing with the IRS and various tax authorities. We know how the tax representation process works, from the inside. With us at your side, you can be confident that you are being properly and aggressively represented before federal and state tax agencies.
I will be with you every step of the way.
Here’s what you can expect:
- We will sit down with you to review your notice. We will go over it together, and we will explain everything.
- We will help you collect the documents you need for the audit.
- If any issues come up, we are prepared. If necessary, research will be done for the specific details pertaining to your case.
- We will go over the audit determination with you, and give you a clear explanation of what it all means.
- If your situation warrants an appeal, we will be there, guiding and helping you through the tax representation process.
It’s extremely important for you to act immediately when you receive a tax agency notice.
Some notices allow only a limited time period for appeals. Please contact me immediately when you receive your notice. Before we even have a consultation, we suggest that you fax, scan, e-mail or mail us your tax agency notice and any other relevant information. We will review it all carefully, and then, during our consultation, we will be fully informed, and able to give you the best advice on your options for tax representation and to resolve your tax issues.
The Statute of Limitation Rules for IRS Audits
For the most part, IRS audits are restricted to returns filed within the past three years, although for California, it can be within the past four years. If you file early, there’s an even larger window, because the statute-of-limitations clock doesn’t start ticking until the filing due date, generally April 15th, not when you actually send your return in.
If you did not file a return at all for a tax year, there is no time limit restricting an audit. For example, if you skipped filing for the 2011 tax year, you could face an audit for that year at any time – in three year, or ten years, or forty years.
If you miss filing, the IRS will create a substitute return for you, and they will bill you for the taxes that they think you owe. But, here’s the catch. Even if you pay that tax bill, you still have not legally filed a return for the year! The IRS can still audit you for that unfiled year at any time.
Also, if the IRS can prove that a return was filed fraudulently, there is no statute of limitations. This means that the IRS cannot audit your four-year-old return for mistakes, but if they can prove that you committed fraud four years ago, they can audit the return for that year.
Don’t try to go it alone. Don’t let the audit take your time and attention away from what you should be concentrating on. Don’t go through the stress and frustrations. An audit is never an easy process, but we can keep the disruption and anxiety to a minimum.
We’re here to help you resolve your tax problems and put an end to the misery that the IRS can put you through. We pride ourselves on being very efficient, affordable, and of course, extremely discreet.
We can help you with your various tax problems such as:
- Non-Filed Tax Returns
- IRS Liens, Levies, Wage Garnishment, and Seizures
- Offer In Compromise
- IRS Payment Plan
- Innocent Spouse and Injured Spouse Relief
- Obtain Your File from the IRS
Tax Representation Fees
Due to the extreme variable nature of audits, notices, and other tax representation, a customized quote is needed based on your provided information. Please contact us for your tax representation quote!
Fees for replying to notices and representing individuals before the Internal Revenue Service (for an IRS audit, IRS collection, or an IRS appeal), and State Revenue Departments are based upon an hourly rate plus any out-of-pocket expenses. When it comes to audits, the amount of time spent on a tax representation case is determined by the auditor and not by us. Examples of out-of-pocket expenses include travel to and parking for meetings with IRS and other tax agency representatives, photocopying, and necessary out-of-pocket services.
For Federal or state collection or examination tax representation, and for IRS Appeals’ tax representation, a retainer is required. The retainer is in the form of a deposit to be applied to your final invoice.