What is a tax audit like?

April 26, 2022 by Charla Suaste
IRS Examiner

If you’ve been lucky enough to never receive a love letter from the IRS, you’ve probably wondered: What is it like to go through a tax audit?

For most taxpayers, the assumption is that it’s a harrowing experience. You imagine merciless IRS agents, clad in dark suits, pouring over every nook and cranny of your financial and personal history to find something – ANYTHING – wrong with the numbers you’ve claimed on your tax return. Papers are shuffling, receipts are flying, documents are scattered across the floor... You just know they’re out to get you, and you’re sure that they’re going to uncover some substantial mistake – even when you tried to do everything by the book! You can picture it now: kissing your kids and spouse goodbye, watching the iron bars shut, looking out of a small window for the rest of your life – all because you forgot a line item on last year’s tax return!

Well...that's not exactly how it goes. Not even close, in fact! The drama and lore of the Internal Revenue Service is more fiction than anything else. And if you ever open your mailbox to find a letter from the IRS inside, all you have to do is call TaxAudit and let us take it from there!

So, what does a tax audit look like when you have a membership with TaxAudit?

You get to work with the oldest, largest, and most successful audit defense firm in the country. We've been representing taxpayers to the IRS and state taxing agencies since 1988 and – not to toot our own horn – but we’re truly the best in the business.

You get to work with tax professionals who specialize in audit representation. While other tax firms might handle an audit or two every year, our team at TaxAudit handles hundreds of audits every month.

Our tax professionals can help educate you on the most current tax codes and requirements. Our tax professionals take continuing education courses throughout the year to make sure they are on top of changing laws and current IRS requirements.

We make it easy to get started. Upon receiving a notice, you should immediately contact our Customer Service team or submit a request on our website, so we can get a case started for you right away. Once Customer Service has confirmed your information, you will be assigned to one of our Case Coordinators, who will provide administrative support for you throughout your case. They will help you send in your notice and tax return through our secure portal and then assign you to one of our world-class tax professionals.

We make sure you never have to meet or speak with the IRS. Once you are assigned to a tax professional, this person will represent you to the IRS or state taxing agency throughout the duration of your case. This means they will schedule and attend all meetings and phone calls so that you never have to meet or speak with the IRS or the state.

We make sure you never pay more tax than you rightfully owe. It's really as simple as that. For one low, flat fee, you receive comprehensive audit representation without the stress of dealing with the IRS. At the end of the day, our goal is to make sure that you have peace of mind knowing that you are in good hands and pay no more tax than what is rightfully owed.

If you would like additional information about what a membership entails, check out this page or give our Customer Service team a call at 800.922.8348. They will be happy to answer any questions you have and make sure you have all the necessary information available so that you can decide if an Audit Defense membership is the right thing for you!



Charla Suaste
Communications Content Developer


Charla Suaste joined TaxAudit back in 2007 and, over the past 14 years, she has worked in a variety of different roles throughout the organization, including as a Customer Service Representative, Case Coordinator, and Administrative Services Assistant. She now serves as the Communications Content Developer and is passionate about writing, editing, and making even the most complex concepts easy to understand. Outside of work, Charla enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, and spending time in her garden.


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