Receiving an official IRS notification of an audit can lead many to panic and stress about the unknown that lies ahead. However, an audit defense can be successfully handled with a level-headed and cerebral approach.
An audit is a request by the IRS to verify the accuracy of your tax return and other information reported by you and/or third parties to the IRS.
For crypto users, an audit is typically triggered by one of three activities:
The most common audit for crypto users is Form CP2000, also known as a correspondence exam. The IRS sends a CP2000 notice indicating that its records are unable to match the information reported by a third party to your tax return. The notice will show the amount the IRS says you owe, including interest and penalties.
If you wish to contest the amount listed on the CP2000 because you disagree with the IRS proposed solution, then you should contact a crypto tax attorney to begin your audit defense.
With the help of your tax attorney, it is important to ascertain what is the correct amount of tax, if any, that is due and was there an error in what was originally reported.
It is crucial to work with an attorney with expertise in cryptocurrency tax resolution not only to handle supplementing any missing reporting information but also to understand how to navigate the administrative labyrinth of how the IRS handles crypto matters.
A crypto tax attorney understands the administrative and legal remedies available and can advise on the relevant and realistic resolution options in your situation.
An audit is a serious and time-sensitive matter, so it is imperative to address it immediately to ensure you are protected.
Your tax attorney will discuss your own individual situation to give an estimate of cost. A tax attorney will usually charge an hourly rate and will bill you directly.
The audit defense service is currently only available to U.S taxpayers. For other countries, please take a look at our Tax Professional and Accountant Directory for your country.