Hi, my name is Josie Harris Walton and I am with the Coleman and Walton law firm. Many times, my clients ask me what an IRS audit is. An IRS audit occurs when the IRS contacts you through mail, requesting documents related to your income, deductions, and credits claimed on your tax returns. The IRS agent advises you to provide all the necessary documentation to support the information you have reported on your tax returns. By doing so, you are cooperating with the audit process. There is another scenario where you may be contacted by the IRS. If the IRS believes that changes need to be made to the information on your tax returns, they will request documentation from you to support your original claims. This documentation will help you demonstrate why the changes should not be made. If you receive a letter from the IRS asking you to substantiate your documentation, it is crucial to take immediate action. Feel free to reach out to me for assistance in dealing with this matter.