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Defending Tax Audits (Examinations) by State Tax Authorities


Receiving an audit (tax examination) notice from the state department of taxation can be a scary experience, especially since the law places the burden on you to demonstrate that your state income tax return information is correct. There is never a good time to find out that you will be the subject of a state tax audit or an examination by the IRS, however plenty of help is available by contacting experienced tax relief attorney Ken Sheppard, Jr. to deal with the taxation authorities on your behalf.


What is the State Taxation Authority looking for in a Tax Audit?

State taxation authorities use tax audits to determine if you properly reported your income, deductions, exemptions, and credits in your income tax filing. They may request you to provide supporting records in person, on the phone, or by mail in order to prove that your filing is correct. State tax audits are frequently triggered by changes in your federal taxes with the IRS or discrepancies between the IRS form 1040 and your state filing.


Being selected for a state tax audit is not necessarily an indication of any wrongdoing on your part.  Even if you don't have any unfiled tax returns, have never sought back tax help, and are certain that all of the information you have provided to the state taxation authority is correct, you may still get audited.  As any experienced tax attorney will tell you, sometimes a state tax audit is nothing more than a standard procedure that is used to verify the accuracy of a taxpayer's returns.


State Tax Audit Defense Lawyer

While it is not required, it is a good idea to be represented by a tax lawyer who understands how to deal with the state taxation authorities in a tax audit. Going through a tax audit by the state may often feel like an interrogation, as the state tax auditor seeks to uncover honest record keeping mistakes, as well as possible tax fraud. It is important to understand that any information you provide to the state tax examiner can and will be used against you.


Protect your rights by being represented by a tax attorney who understands your situation, as well as state and federal tax code. The first and best thing you can do in the event of a state tax audit is to invoke your right to legal counsel before answering any questions or providing any documentation regarding your case.  Do not volunteer any information to the state regardless of how amicable your auditor may seem.  Remember that it is your tax attorney's job to represent your best interests during an audit whether it is by state tax authorities or an IRS tax audit.


Even if you do not have the requested tax documentation readily available, as your tax attorney we can work with you to reconstruct the necessary tax records. Additionally we may be able to seek alternate methods to provide substantiation to the state tax auditor.


What Happens if the State Tax Auditor Uncovers Items I Cannot Substantiate?

Even if  the state tax auditor determines that you owe back taxes (plus any interest payments or penalties that may have accrued), there are several avenues that your tax attorney can do to help you. Depending on the situation, your attorney can help you to set up a tax payment plan, negotiate an offer in compromise, seek a penalty abatement or currently not collectible status, or file a state tax appeal.



If you have received notice of examination or documentation from the state taxation authority informing you of your rights during the state appeals process, you should act quickly to obtain legal tax representation.  Contact Tax Attorney Kenneth Sheppard, Jr. for a free initial consultation today at 877-505-9455.








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