Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Been Audited by the IRS?

By Ashley Jacobs on 18 February 2014 (Updated 25 February 2014) 46 comments

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Tax season opened this year on January 31st, and like every year before it, we're all very careful about getting our tax returns right. Right?

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Mary Happymommy

No, I haven't been audited.

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No, thank goodness!

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Kristine R.

I have never been audited, and I hope I never am! Although I've done nothing wrong and have lots of receipts, it still seems super time-consuming.

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Kaila Pederson

Never been audited and I dont know anyone that has either.

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Christie

Never have been audited, hope I never am! :) If you're honest every year, there's no worries.

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Liz

Thankfully I have not! My return is pretty simple and I'm not doing anything shady, so hopefully I'll never be at high-risk for an audit!

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emily

No, I always figure I don't make enough money for it to be worth it to the IRS. However, I do believe in keeping good records for tax purposes and I do take advantage of every tax break I qualify for.

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Kate

I have never been audited, and I hope I never will!

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No, never. And for that I am truly thankful!

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Maren

Nope!

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Ashley

Nope.

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An

No, I haven't and hope I will not in the future

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KF

Thankfully I have never been audited. Not that it would matter (other than the time).

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Gina

Yes and I hope to never be again. It involved filing a lot of paperwork!

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Elena

I have never been audited by the IRS

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monique

Knock on wood, I haven't been audited by the IRS. I fill out my tax returns as accurately and completely as is humanly possible.

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No, thank goodness! Although I always fear that I will be.
A friend of mine was audited over some of her deductions and ultimately told "no, you can't do that." She appealed -- and the second auditor said "yes you CAN do that" and also pointed out several other deductions my friend could take. Win-win!

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Jason

I have not been audited. I keep records related to each tax filing, and I try to be as honest and accurate as possible.

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Ernest S.

Thankfully no! Though I always make sure that I am low risk before submitting my return on TurboTax. Not that I do anything shady, but I just would hate to deal with it!

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Elizabeth D.

No I have not ever been audited. I always ensure that everything is accurate, and having a degree in accounting, I am curious about those who do.

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MELISSA HANSSON

I have not been audited. Knock on wood.

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Ashleigh Gunter

I have never been audited and hopefully don't plan to anytime soon or in the future. I owe them $5 (I guess it counts if you don't pay then you get audited..right?). I plan on paying it, have for the last couple of years. My plan is to pay what I owe and on time!

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Diane

No, thankfully! I have a pretty simple return.

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Mel

No. Have never been audited.

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Q

Knock on wood, I never have. But I've got a great CPA, just in case!

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Deb

Sort of. We are relieved to finally be through dealing with them after it, too!

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Steve p

Nope!

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Leidy

No, I have never been audited

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Betty

I have never been audited. My tax returns aren't that big anyway. When my daughter was in college, we used a service. This year we're back to doing our own. Our finances are pretty simple.

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Brenda Faulkner

No never.

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Caroline

Not an official audit but I did make some mistakes, another time I forgot to submit proof why the amount was nit taxable (already oaid the tax before)

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Joan

I can honestly say that I have never been audited by the IRS. I am so very grateful.

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Laura J

No, I have not. I dont know anyone that has either.

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Nope. And I hope I never am.

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Hannah

No I've never been audited, thankfully.

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Liisa

No! It is an irrational fear of mine... everything we do with our money is above board, but since we are self-employed we have an accountant do our taxes just as a precaution.

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Lynda

yes i've been audited by the IRS. i had to fill out extra paperwork and that was it. but it was intimidating!!

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A Wise Mom

My husband was when we were separated. WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!! Thank Goodness i had been organized and had all the info in folders for him. I was dreading that they would somehow need to audit ME! No problems were noted...everything was fine. Only i spend many restless/sleepless nights worrying over "what if.." NEVER want to go through that again. Can't even imagine what would happen if we hadn't always been honest when fileing taxes!

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Happy Love

No, but my father received a request for additional information once, and he responded with the requested documentation plus when he reexamined his return he decided that he had missed a deduction and refilled resulting in the IRS paying HIM more money.

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DeeDee

No, knock on wood.

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Charlie

We've never been audited. I've never even worried about it either. I don't think we make enough to have IRS sniffing around us.

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Carmen

No, and I hope it never happens!

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Chris

We haven't ever been audited. Hopefully never will.

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Guest

thank heavens, NO, i have never been audited. i hope it stays that way. i don't have much money so i think i'm small fish, the IRS has bigger fish to fry.

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Tabathia B

No I haven't.