IRS Tax Audits

A tax audit is an investigation into your tax return. The IRS may decide to perform an audit on you for many reasons. While some people are chosen as part of a random sampling, the IRS looks for some red flags, including:

  • An incomplete return
  • Unreported income
  • Suspiciously low income
  • Excessive charitable contributions
  • A large number of itemized deductions
  • A high income

What to expect from a tax audit

If you face an IRS audit in Oakland, you can expect one of three types:

  • A correspondence audit: asking you to provide an answer by mail
  • An office audit: in which you must meet in an IRS office and provide documentation pertaining to a particular issue
  • A field audit: whereby an IRS agent visits your home or place of business

You should know, however, that your tax return is ineligible for tax audit in Oakland three years from the date of the filing deadline (April 15). This means that if three years have passed since you filed a tax return, the IRS cannot audit it, with certain exceptions. An Oakland tax attorney can assist with handling IRS audits in California.

Contact us for help with Oakland tax audits

The attorneys at Vaught & Boutris LLP are committed to providing high quality legal representation at cost-effective prices to clients in Oakland, Walnut Bay, and throughout Northern California, including the East Bay and Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Contact us online or call 510-430-1518 today to speak with an attorney who is knowledgeable about tax audits in Oakland.


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