Most Texas taxpayers never wind up having the Internal Revenue Service audit them after filing their taxes. However, a small percentage of people do have to go through one of three types of tax audits. Finding out the IRS plans to audit you may give you cause for concern, but understanding what the process involves may help put your mind at ease.
The Motley Fool reports that there are three main types of audits: audits conducted via mail, in-office audits and field audits.
Audits via mail
If the IRS audits you, there is a good chance it is going to do so through the mail. The service may ask you to provide additional documentation that backs up the entries you made on your tax return. Depending on circumstances, you may not have to actually talk to anyone during the mail audit and instead may be able to do everything through the mail.
The in-office audit
The in-office audit is more comprehensive and detailed than an audit by mail. With an in-office audit, you typically visit a local IRS office, sometimes with an attorney or accountant, and go over your taxes and why you filed them in the manner you did.
The field audit
Considered the most daunting of the three audit types, field audits may involve IRS agents visiting your home or business to make sure everything you said and did when filing your taxes was accurate.
Not all audits lead to serious legal trouble. However, most of them do result in you making one or more changes to the tax return you previously filed.