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How Far Back can IRS Audit?

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How far back IRS can audit is three years. If you are audited and they find a discrepancy, they can look into your records as far back as five years. So keep all your records for at least five years.
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The IRS normally will go back as far as three years. If they find illegal activity once an audit is done they can go back as far as they want.
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There are many reasons your tax return may be chosen by the IRS for audit in any given year. Certain deduction types are watched more closely than others from one year to the next
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Generally, the statute of limitations on assessment of a tax deficiency is three years from the date a tax return was due UNLESS the deficiency was substantial, meaning a return failed
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IRS can audit an individual up to seven years back. If you are a small business you should keep your records for ten years. There is tax information available at the IRS website.
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The statute of limitations on how many years back the IRS can audit varies with the circumstances of the tax return. In most cases, the IRS will not go back more than 3 years, unless
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