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How do I get an extention on an IRS audit?I just received a letter from the IRS for an...

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oclatham | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2008 at 8:58 AM via web

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How do I get an extention on an IRS audit?

I just received a letter from the IRS for an audit on my expenses. I am also a caregiver for my invalid father and I will need more time to get the paper work together. How can I get an extention?

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urthona | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted September 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM (Answer #1)

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IRS Publication 556 provides information and guidelines on tax return examinations (audits). The IRS will work with taxpayers to schedule meetings to conduct an audit at convenient times:

Some examinations are handled entirely by mail. Examinations not handled by mail can take place in your home, your place of business, an Internal Revenue office, or the office of your attorney, accountant, or enrolled agent. If the time, place, or method is not convenient for you, the examiner will try to work out something more suitable. However, the IRS makes the final determination of when, where, and how the examination will take place. [p. 3]

You should contact the IRS examiner assigned to your case to explain your situation and request an extension. The letter you received should provide a contact number, or you can call the IRS at 800-829-1040. If you receive an extension over the phone, you may wish to send a letter to the examiner to confirm the extension, keeping a copy for your files.

See also IRS Publication 910 for IRS taxpayer services.


Disclaimer: This post contains general legal information and should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation. Each reader should consult a lawyer if you want a qualified professional’s assurance that this information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.


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