IRS audit Letter 2201A has been generally deprecated in in favor of the new Form 2202. Either is used to notify you of an audit. Page 3 of this Letter has boxes for the IRS to check when they are requesting various items. See if any of these boxes are checked. The IRS might also use Form 4564 or Form 886A to ask you questions. The Form 2201-A is often used for office audits.
Steps for IRS Audits
You will be required to respond to the items listed on the 3rd page of the Letter 2201A (or the Forms 4564 or 886A).
Since an IRS audit is a Federal investigation of you, you are required to prove every element of your case in the format required by the IRS or be rejected. It takes a lot of work, even if you have accounting software. You need to get organized & get legal advice. Each must be as cost-effective as possible.
Income Issues: Essentially, the IRS will look at all your bank account information, your business deductions & expenses, your Wage & Income Transcripts & your lifestyle to determine if you accurately accounted for your income & expenses on your tax return.
Call the Agent or the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 & request your "Wage & Income Transcripts". These documents contain all 3rd party records sent to the IRS on you. Your spouse (& children, perhaps) should order their transcripts as well. You can verify the entries on your return.
The IRS will declare all income in your bank account to be income unless you prove otherwise. You have to track all inter-bank transfers & other deposits that are not income, such as loans, inheritances, gifts, etc. Fortunately, the TaxHelpAudit membership has an entire section devoted to "How to Prove a Deposit is Not Income", which shows you specifically what to get & say to the IRS!
The IRS will review your lifestyle & assets to roughly determine if it corresponds with the the income reported on your return.
Deduction Issues: The IRS will often reject insufficient or poorly organized records & offer little explanation for why or how you can repair them. The IRS is not allowed to give you legal advice or tell you how to arrange your records. You must give the IRS evidence of titles, insurance, bank statements, purchase documents, vital records, court records, etc., not just a pile of receipts or even an accounting software program. And, the evidence must be arranged in exactly the manner required.
So, most people lose because the don't know how to respond. Plus, the IRS will impose penalties on you for poor record-keeping and/or accuracy-related, & negligence along with ever-growing interest charged against you. To avoid this result, the TaxHelpAudit Program shows you exactly what to gather & what to do for all IRS audits.
Don't let them intimidate you. Keep a direct course proving your case, be extremely thorough with your documents.
If the IRS questions are related to your Form 1040, the Schedule A or any other issue, please follow the TaxHelp Individual Edition Prep Steps. For all other issues, please prepare your case by reviewing the TaxHelp Audit Products before you respond to the IRS!
If no boxes are checked on page 3 of the Letter 2201A, the IRS will send you a Form 4564 or a Form 886A to ask questions of you. Please gather the form you received and compare it to the Form 4564 or Form 886A. Follow the TaxHelp Prep Steps to victory!!
To see how the TaxHelpPrograms work see our Empowerment page!
At any time, you may consult directly with a tax attorney from TaxHelpLaw to get more specific tactics for your case!