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What does it mean when the IRS randomly selects taxes for review?

Asked by: tmoran 2075 views YA Discussion

I efiled my taxes through turbotax on January 20, 2012 and recieved an email stating they had been excepted on January 21, 2012 and that I could expect my refund on or about February 7, 2012. When I called the IRS today I was informed my taxes was randomly selected for review and that a letter would be going out to me on Monday February 13, 2012 and that they had 45 days from the date on the letter to review my taxes and release my refund.

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  1. Rayna on Feb 08, 2012 Reply

    i have met similiar problem before, here list of sites answall.notlong.com/1AAkJrm

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  2. ? on Feb 08, 2012 Reply

    There was a red flag on your taxes something stood out to them. Usually if everything is legit you have nothimg to worry about

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  3. mstomica on Feb 08, 2012 Reply

    It could be several things. you may have claimed a dependent that you didn’t claim last year. You might have some deductions, credits that you didn’t have last year. Or it could mean exactly what they said, randomly…they just chose your SSN.

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  4. Quick Answers on Feb 08, 2012 Reply

    Actually, random audits are 1 to 2 years from now.

    Any selection for review right now is because the numbers don’t look right. That is low income, high withholding, maxed out EIC/ACTC with W-2s from employers you didn’t work for in 2010, schedule Cs from construction, babysitting, lawn care, dependents that you say are nieces and nephews that you’ve never claimed before. Or having a return prepared by a person whose other returns looked funny.

    The letters for the delay may be 45 days, they may be 60 days, they may drag on for 6 months.

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  5. April on Feb 08, 2012 Reply

    it just means that instead of the computer doing all the work for them a person gonna do it lol. They dont necessarily think you lied about anything. They just have to check it which takes a little longer. Its not the same as being audited. My taxes have been randomly been checked twice. Just took longer to get my refund. Hope i helped.

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  6. tro on Feb 08, 2012 Reply

    people in the tax society I am a member, have visited the IRS campus in Fresno on the occasions the center was open to visitors(the campuses were closed to visitors after 911 due to the threats to public employees)
    however as was described many years ago and apparently still currently used is what they call the ‘dif’ system
    when the tax season is over, the employees then each are assigned stacks of returns, they go over each and use the ‘dif’ system to determine which is to be set aside for further examination to determine if it needs to be audited
    the ‘dif’ system is a sort of ‘general’ basis for things like the types of income, the itemized deductions, the expenses claimed on sole proprietors and rentals
    if the ‘dif’ is out of line those returns are further examined and maybe eventually up for audit

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