The Department of Revenue routinely audits business and individual taxpayers to ensure that everyone adheres to the same tax laws and that Massachusetts taxes are being reported and paid correctly. Many audits can be resolved simply through correspondence, or over the phone, and do not require a lengthy visit to one of the Department’s offices.
Under certain circumstances the Department may use a process called Computer-Assisted Sampling to verify any amount of tax due. More information can be found in our Computer-Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATS) guide .
Common Questions About Audits
- Why are returns selected for audit?
- How are audits done?
- Are there different types of audits?
- How do field audits work?
- Can a lawyer, accountant, friend or family member accompany me?
- What happens after the audit?
- What happens if I am assessed back taxes after an audit?
- If the audit shows I'm right and I get my money back, am I entitled to interest on what I overpaid?
- How far back can an audit go?
Listed below are the top reasons contributing to the disallowance of employee business expense, along with our Audit Division’s recommendations for how to avoid possible errors. Take a look before you, or your practitioner file... Read more
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