When the IRS decides to audit the tax return you filed in California or another state, the chance of the audit changing something on your tax return is high. Most IRS audits result in one or more changes to your tax return, and in many cases, you may wind up owing money. However, if you believe the changes made by the IRS are inaccurate, you may be able to ask for an audit reconsideration.
According to the IRS, you maintain the right to request an audit reconsideration if certain things hold true.
Grounds for requesting an audit reconsideration
You may ask for an audit reconsideration if one or more of four distinct circumstances are true. You may request one if you have new evidence or information about the audit of your income or expenses. You may also do so if you disagree with the amount the IRS claims you owe, or if you never appeared or submitted the requested information during the original audit process. You may also ask for an audit reconsideration if you moved and never received the original audit report.
The process of requesting an audit consideration
An IRS campus near you typically handles your audit reconsideration request. Depending on circumstances, you may then have to attend an in-person meeting somewhere within a reasonable distance of your home. You may also decide to submit Form 12661, Disputed Issue Verification, as part of the reconsideration process, although this is not a requirement.
Typically, the IRS responds to your audit reconsideration request within 30 days of you making it.