How Does the IRS Notify of an Audit?

How Does the IRS Notify of an Audit?
Uh-oh. The IRS has questions about your return.

Types

As of 2010, the IRS was conducting three kinds of audits. From least serious to most serious, they were the correspondence audit, the office audit and the field audit.

Features

The IRS conducts a correspondence audit entirely by mail, usually because it just has a couple questions about your return. For an office audit, you'll have to bring all your paperwork to an IRS office for a meeting with the auditor. In a field audit, the auditor comes to you to look over your records--and possibly poke around your home or office looking for red flags.

Notification

If you're picked for a correspondence audit or office audit, you'll get a letter notifying you and telling you what to do next. If you've been picked for a field audit, you'll get a phone call.