Q: I am going through an audit and the IRS person has had it for almost 70 days and keeps telling me it will be done
shortly but another week goes by and no answers, just last week he said he was trying to figure what expense to put on Schedule A and C, is he playing games with me or misleading me on the audit. How do I ask the IRS person if my audit has gone to a review. up stream without raisin g eyebrows
A: Believe it or not 70 days is actually not a long time for an audit. Some auditors are quicker than others. If you are concerned because they are telling you things that are making you uncomfortable I recommend at least calling a tax attorney. Most of us offer a free consultation. If it is just the amount of time that it is taking worrying you, I would not be concerned at this point. Prior to finalizing the audit they are required to send you a breakdown of everything they have changed. You will have time to dispute anything you do not agree with before they finalize the audit. If at any point you think things are not going your way, tell the auditor that you would like to contact an attorney. You are better off consulting with an attorney before the audit ends then after. The IRS will usually give you a reasonable amount of time to consult with an attorney.
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