The IRS examines (audits) tax returns to verify that the tax reported is correct.
More from H&R Block
The IRS audits your tax return to make sure that you correctly reported all your income, deductions, and credits. The IRS audits returns that are the most likely to have errors, based on complex criteria. During an audit, the IRS will ask for documents or other proof of the items in question on your return.
The IRS has three years from the date you file your return to start and finish an audit. Most audits are started within one year of the date the return was filed and take less than a year to complete.
There are three types of audits:
- Mail audits are usually limited to just one or two issues and are done entirely by mail. This is the most common type of audit.
- Field audits are conducted by an IRS agent at your home or business and are more complicated examinations.
- Office audits are also more complex, and usually take place at an IRS office.
Get help from an expert
Your local H&R Block tax pro can look into your issue and deal with the IRS for you.Schedule a Free Consultation
Learn what the IRS is looking for during an audit, the steps you should take to prepare for an IRS audit, and when it's best to get expert help.
How long you can expect your IRS audit to last depends on the type of audit and the scope. Learn how to efficiently wrap up an audit from the tax experts at H&R Block.
Get the facts about IRS audits. Learn more about the types of IRS audits and the process of being audited from the tax experts at H&R Block.
Separate fact from fiction when it comes to IRS audits. Learn what causes tax audits, what happens during an audit, and what to do if you get an IRS letter.
Get the facts about IRS mail audits from the tax experts at H&R Block. Learn how to respond and how long you can expect the audit to last.
The IRS grants four types of penalty relief, but many taxpayers don't ever ask. Learn how to request penalty abatement from the IRS.
Learn the three main benefits of engaging a power of attorney to research your IRS account and resolve your tax problems. Get the facts from the experts at H&R Block.