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You do have rights during an audit, see Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, (PDF)PDF
For an overview on the audit process, see Publication 3498-A, The Examination Process (Examinations by Mail, (PDF)PDF
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Use the EITC Assistant to find out if you qualify for the EITC. It is available for three tax years. The Assistant helps you find out your filing status, determine if your child is a qualifying child and if you are eligible for the EITC, and estimate the amount of the EITC you may claim.
Visit the EITC page on irs.gov for everything you need to know about the EITC.
Schools, Day Care or Medical Providers can use the templates under the heading, "My Letter Says I Need to Send Information to Verify My EITC Claim; What Should I Do?", to make sure they provide the correct information to help you prove you are entitled to the credit.
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. They also assist taxpayers in audits, appeals, collection disputes and can help taxpayers respond to IRS notices and help correct account problems.
Learn how the Taxpayer Advocate Service(TAS) can help you. This online toolkit makes it easier for you to understand basic tax information. TAS is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers experiencing economic hardship, seeking help in resolving tax problems not resolved through normal channels, or who believe an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should.
You May Have to Recertify if IRS Denied Your EITC after Audit
If we denied your EITC after an audit, the IRS may require you to file Form 8862PDF, Information To Claim Certain Refundable Credits After Disallowance, or Form 8862-SPPDF, Información Para Reclamar Ciertos Créditos Reembolsables Después de Haber Sido Denegados, the next time you claim EITC. See My EITC was Disallowed Previously and Now I Want To Claim EITC
Watch Out for Errors; There are Consequences
If you prepare your own return or have someone prepare it, you need to make sure the return is prepared correctly! Even when someone prepares your return, you are still legally responsible for what's on your return. Consequences of Errors on Your EITC Returns
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