What is the Audit Protection Program?
Each year the IRS sends millions of letters for a multitude of reasons. Some require just a simple response. Others are more complex, sometimes requiring detailed explanation or the provision of documents. The wrong explanation, response, or no response, can bring more letters, an examination of the tax return or cause a needless increase in tax. Whitewater Group offers an optional worry-free audit protection program to all clients for individual tax filing. For enrolled clients we will review, research and appropriately respond to any letter you receive about your tax return.
Many clients never hear from the IRS—which is good—but in the last two years there has been a substantial increase in the number of letters to taxpayers due to tax law changes that have made tax preparation more complex. By electing to enroll in the Audit Protection Program you can eliminate the stress that IRS letters can cause.
Do I need to have the Audit Protection Program?
The program is optional. You may choose to not participate. If so, we will explain any letter you receive and suggest how to proceed but will not respond on your behalf or represent you unless you engage us to do so. The cost for engagement is substantially greater than the cost for the Program.
What is covered in the Audit Protection Program?
The document below has complete Terms
2022-Worry Free Audit Protection Plan–Terms-of-Service
The Peace of Mind Audit Protection Plan Also Includes Tax Identity Fraud Recovery …
Tax Identity Fraud is on the rise. In the past two years alone, more than 1,500,000 Americans had their tax identity stolen, with $6.2 billion that was fraudulently claimed. So, yes, it happens a lot more than you realize. How are you supposed to prove that you are you?
The Audit Protection Plan will give you full tax identity recovery and audit representation protection if you get any notice from the IRS. It will shield you from the time, money, and frustration you will undergo if you try to resolve these issues yourself.
Your Time Is Valuable. Do Not Let The IRS Disrupt Your Life!
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I receive an audit notice or letter?
As soon as you receive a notice or audit letter from the IRS, give us a call immediately so we can start resolving the matter.
How long will you defend my return?
We will defend your current year tax return for as long as it can be audited (generally three years).
Will you offer this plan every year?
Yes. We plan to continue to offer our Audit Protection Plan every year.
What happens if I don’t file on time?
Your Audit Protection Plan covers tax returns that were filed late.
What happens if I need to file an extension?
Every tax return covered under the Audit Protection Plan, including extensions, will be covered under the plan.
Is my amended return eligible for protection?
Yes. Amended returns are also covered under your Audit Protection Plan.
What if I have multiple state returns?
All related state returns are also covered under the Audit Protection Plan.
Can I Cancel?
You may cancel your Audit Protection Plan for any reason within 30 days of signing up.
Can I purchase an Audit Protection Plan for any type of tax return?
Yes, the Audit Protection Plan is available for other types of tax returns
If You Received A Notice Would You Know What To Do?
You go to your mailbox, pull everything out looking for something more exciting than junk mail, and there it is … an envelope with the return address “Internal Revenue Service” on it.
Your heart starts to race, and you break out in a sweat. You open it and it’s a notice that the IRS is either questioning items on your tax return, or you’re going to be audited. Worse yet, you find out someone stole your identity, filed a tax return in your name, and collected a fraudulent refund!
You might wonder why you received the letter from the IRS in the first place since you have your tax returns prepared by a professional. The truth is anyone is subject to the scrutiny of the IRS for a variety of reasons.
Of course, if we do make any error, we will correct the issue and take responsibility for any penalties or actions with the IRS.
The Audit Protection Plan for One Low Fee …
With our Audit Protection Plan we’ll protect you from ever having to deal with the tax authorities by yourself in case you get a notice from the IRS. And if you are ever summoned to meet with an IRS agent in person, we’ll attend on your behalf!
All this happens without any extra charges to you. Isn’t that a relief?
Of course, You Can Roll The Dice and Pass Up This Protection …
Without our Audit Protection Plan in place, receiving an audit notification will cost you anywhere from $3,500 to $10,000 and up to have a licensed tax professional defend you in an audit.
Here are the facts: The IRS sent out more than 9 million automated notices last year. When you receive a letter from the IRS, they will claim you owe them money or claim you didn’t report something properly, which you will have to defend, because with the IRS you are guilty until proven innocent. They have the power to levy your bank accounts and garnish your wages without a court order!
The Audit Protection Plan Will Save You Time And Money …
For a small fee that’s added to your tax preparation invoice, we’ll shield and protect you from ever having to deal with the tax authorities by yourself in the event you get a notice from the IRS or state tax authorities. And if you ever have to meet with an agent in person, we’ll attend the meeting on your behalf. You don’t even have to go!
You have the option to “opt out” of the plan if you choose; otherwise, you can agree to the protection by paying the fee. But if you choose to “opt out” of the Audit Protection Plan, you will be charged our usual hourly rates to handle any notices you receive from the IRS or State.