Getting a notice that the IRS is conducting an audit of your tax returns is a nerve wracking experience. Pretty much nobody in Michigan or anywhere else for that matter want to face an audit. However, they happen. The IRS conducts these checks regularly on businesses and individuals. They want to go over what you claimed on your tax return to ensure that you do not owe or are not owed any money.

According to the IRS, all audit notifications come by mail. They will never call you or contact you in any other way. Many times, you can conduct your whole audit through the mail. In some cases, you may need to have an in-person interview. This might happen in the nearest IRS office, at your home or at another locations, such as an attorney’s or accountant’s office.

The whole process generally involves you sending documentation to the IRS. The IRS will send you everything you need to know in the initial paperwork. You will get details on what information they need from you. You provide the information and the IRS does a review of it. You will then get a determination.

It is essential during an audit that you comply with all requests and provide all requested information. Be aware that audits can go back as far as six years, but in general, most are for taxes filed in the last two years.

An audit really is not as scary as it has been built up to be. As long as you comply and provide the information, it should go smoothly. This information is for education and is not legal advice.