According to the IRS website, the IRS notifies taxpayers of an audit by mail or by telephone call. If notified by telephone, the taxpayer also receives a letter in the mail from the IRS stating the intent to perform an audit. The IRS never notifies taxpayers of an audit using email or any other type of communication.Know More
An audit takes place at the IRS office or at the home or place of business of the taxpayer, according to the IRS. Prior to an audit, the taxpayer is notified of any documents necessary to conduct the audit. An audit may or may not result in changes to the taxes paid to the government. If any changes are made, they are detailed and explained to the taxpayer.
According to USA Today, three-quarters of all taxpayer audits are done in the IRS office, while the remaining audits are done in the field. Audits are performed based on randomized selection by computer, taking into account a number of variables, such as variations in income of a particular zip code, charitable giving and interest income. Document-matching to confirm that W-2 forms match the amount of income reported on a tax return is another common reason for audit.Learn more about Income Tax
As of March 2015, Publication 15 for the 2014 tax year is currently available on the IRS website. Information about Publication 15 was last reviewed and/or updated on January 30, 2015.Full Answer >
Tax returns filed with the state by mail generally take about eight weeks to receive refunds, while returns sent in electronically take about three weeks. The refund disbursement time frame is different in each state, and other circumstances, such as volume of returns being processed, may hold up refunds.Full Answer >
To receive a copy of a tax return from the IRS, mail a completed form 4506 to the address indicated on the form along with a check for each year requested, as explained by the IRS. As of 2013, the IRS charges a $57 fee for each tax year ordered.Full Answer >
A tax transcript for the current year or the three previous years, including a tax return from 2012, is available from the Internal Revenue Service by phone, online, or by mail. The IRS provides the phone number, the web address and the form needed for mail requests.Full Answer >