Have you ever received one or more phone calls supposedly from the Internal Revenue Service? Most of these calls have to do with being past due on tax payments rather than tax audits, but they are scary nonetheless. If you do receive phone calls from someone claiming to work for the IRS or an automated message saying you have a tax problem, you're best just hanging up, as the IRS does not make it a habit of contacting Connecticut taxpayers that way.
So, how will you know if there is a problem with your taxes? You will get a letter in the mail. It will come on a statement with the IRS letterhead, and it will give detailed information about what is going on. For instance, if you are being audited, the letter will specifically state what paperwork the IRS needs from you to complete the audit, how long you have to comply, when a face-to-face meeting is scheduled -- if applicable -- and the name and contact information of the agent working your case.
After you send in the request documentation, you typically will not hear anything until the audit process has been completed or if your agent needs further information. Again, the details of your case will be shared with you by mail. If you wish to contact your agent directly, you may.
If you are one of the many Connecticut residents facing tax audits this year, or you find yourself facing one in the future, know that it is not something you have to go through alone. You have the right to have legal counsel assist you through the process if you would like. To learn more about tax audits and how an experienced tax law attorney can help you through them, please take a moment and visit our firm's website.