Navigating an IRS audit and dispute resolution

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An IRS audit can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for individuals and businesses. However, having a clear understanding of the audit process and your rights as a taxpayer can make the experience less intimidating. In this article, we will discuss the steps you can take to navigate an IRS audit and resolve any disputes that may arise.

Step 1: Prepare for the Audit

The first step in navigating an IRS audit is to gather all relevant documentation and records. This includes income tax returns, bank statements, receipts, invoices, and any other records related to the tax year in question. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the tax laws and regulations relevant to your situation.

Step 2: Communicate with the IRS

Communication is key during an IRS audit. Respond to all IRS requests for information in a timely and professional manner. If you have any questions about the audit process, do not hesitate to ask. The IRS auditor assigned to your case should be able to provide you with information and guidance.

Step 3: Hire a Tax Attorney

Consider hiring a Sacramento tax attorney to represent you during the audit. A tax attorney can provide valuable insight and guidance, and can help you navigate the complex legal and technical aspects of the audit process. They can also represent you in court if necessary.

Step 4: Resolve Disputes

If the IRS finds any discrepancies in your tax returns, they may request additional payment or initiate an investigation. If you disagree with the IRS’s findings, you have the right to dispute their decision. A tax attorney can help you resolve disputes and negotiate with the IRS on your behalf.

Step 5: Consider Appeals and Litigation

If you are unable to resolve your dispute with the IRS through negotiation, you may consider filing an appeal. You can file an appeal within 30 days of receiving a notice of deficiency from the IRS. In some cases, you may also consider taking legal action against the IRS if you feel that your rights as a taxpayer have been violated.


Navigating an IRS audit can be a challenging experience, but with the right preparation and guidance, you can successfully resolve any disputes and minimize your liability. Consider hiring a tax attorney to represent you during the audit and to help you resolve any disputes that may arise. By taking these steps, you can protect your rights and interests as a taxpayer.

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