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    How long after filing tax return does the IRS usually take to audit you if they want to?

    Do they usually do it the same year?
    a few seconds ago 8 Answers

    Best Answer

    The ordinary statute of limitations is three years after the return is filed but, as a practical matter, if the return hasn't been audited within 18 months, it probably won't be.
    a few seconds ago

    Other Answers

    • I believe they have up to 3 years to do it, thats why you need to retain your records.

      by maeholden - a day ago

    • It's not if they want to, when IRS receives your current tax return, the information you reported is input on the computer and refund issued, after all that returns are processed for the current year IRS examiner will review the w2/1099 information you reported on the tax return with the information provided to them by all employers. If there has been under-reported income then a CP2000 is issued usually 18 months after you filed, then it could be sent to Examination for EIC or other items reported on your tax return that do not match with the wage information reported to IRS, this could take up to 3 years or more.

      by Ms. Angel.. - a day ago

    • The IRS does not release this information. The IRS must assess tax within three years of the filing deadline, or when the return is filed, whichever occurs later. There are exceptions for fraud. Some types of errors are caught the same year, such as clerical errors or income placed in the wrong category. As the deadline approaches, it appears that a large number of mail audits are sent out, commonly for missing income such as a W-2 or 1099 that was not entered on the tax return. If you have not heard anything from the IRS for three years after you file your return, you will not be assessed additional tax except for fraud.

      by ninasgramma - a day ago

    • It can be very soon, but will more likely be a couple years. Normally unless there's possible fraud involved, they wouldn't audit you more than 3 years after the return is filed.

      by Judy - a day ago

    • Generally, any time after you've filed your return. The general statute of limitations is 3 years. If the IRS suspects fraud, it can be 7 years or even unlimited since statutes don't apply for fraud cases. If you haven't filed a return in years, so 2003, they can audit still audit you for 2003, 2002 and 2001 since the statute hasn't run on the 2003 return yet so the 3 years prior would still technically be open for audit.

      by MrMojo1 - a day ago

    • up to 7 years and forever if they think you committed fraud.

      by ? - a day ago

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