Every year, quite a few Connecticut residents find out the Internal Revenue Service is auditing them. Those who are facing tax audits will receive notification in the mail. Within that notification is a lot of information about what is needed to review one's case and how to contact the agent assigned to one's case, but it typically contains little information about the actual audit process. For this reason, it seems appropriate to share what one can expect when being audited.
No one wants to get audited. Few people actually do. Those Connecticut residents who are chosen for tax audits may find the experience unnerving, but with help, they can get through it. While audits might be rare, there is no harm in taking a few steps to avoid being subjected to one.
You do everything you can to make sure your tax filing is on the up and up. You take your time, make sure everything you submit is correct -- at least to the best of your knowledge. You may even hire someone to help you. Despite your best efforts, you received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service or the state, saying you are being audited. Before you start to panic, remember that tax audits are not something Connecticut residents have to face alone.
Most people in Connecticut will never be audited. In 2019, only .45% of all taxpayers, nationally, faced tax audits. The Internal Revenue Service simply lacks the resources to go over every single taxpayer's tax returns in detail. However, people who do this one thing are more likely to be audited, and that one thing is: make a lot of money.
It's no secret that he tax rate in Connecticut is high. It makes sense that those who choose to live part of the year in another state would want to limit how much they have to pay in taxes here, so they claim part-year residency. The problem with that is doing so may get one audited.
The word audit can strike fear into the hearts and minds of just about anyone. No one wants to get a letter from the Internal Revenue Service saying they are being audited. The simple truth of the matter is, tax audits are not necessarily a bad thing, and Connecticut residents who find their taxes being picked apart by the IRS may not have anything to worry about.
A typical day can quickly take a negative turn just by looking into one's mailbox. The Internal Revenue Service, if it sees an issue with one's tax return, makes contact via mail. The letter received will give one vital information about the potential problem, or the amount allegedly owed, and who to contact about it. Some people may choose to just pay and be done with the whole thing, while other Connecticut residents may want to question the IRS. Thankfully, those who wish to do the latter do not have to do it alone.
Filing taxes can be a pain. No one wants to go through this process every year, and no one wants to pay more than they think they should have to. There are certain things some Connecticut residents may do when completing their taxes to help lower their tax liability. Unfortunately, some of those things may increase one's odds of being audited. What does the Internal Revenue Service look for when deciding who to audit?
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.
No one wants to get picked for a tax audit, but it happens. The Internal Revenue Service not only looks for red flags on tax forms that would warrant tax audits, but it also randomly selects Connecticut residents to put through the wringer every year, just because they can. When an audit is complete, some people may feel that they have to live with the results, but the truth is, it may be possible to fight the results by filing an appeal.