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Published: April 19, 2018   |   Last Updated: September 23, 2020

TAS Successfully Advocates for Taxpayer Subjected to Repetitive Audits

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy.


TAS assisted a taxpayer who had been audited for tax years 2013-2015. The taxpayer received notification of audit on his 2016 return for the same issues including exemptions, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit. TAS quickly researched the taxpayer’s account and discovered for 2013 & 2014, the taxpayer was examined and the audit was closed with no changes and his refunds were released.

The IRS examined the taxpayer’s 2015 return and disallowed the same issues that had been accepted on the taxpayer’s 2013 and 2014 returns. The taxpayer requested an audit reconsideration on his 2015 return and the IRS allowed the deductions and related credits; however, when the IRS corrected his account they failed to remove the EITC Recertification Indicator. This error caused the taxpayer’s 2016 return to be selected for audit. Based on these findings, TAS pushed back to the IRS about the 2016 audit. TAS addressed the IRS’s failure to remove the EITC Recertification Indicator and addressed IRS guidance regarding “Repetitive Audits” of same issues that result in no changes/allowances. Based on this information, the IRS removed the EITC Recertification Indicator, closed the 2016 audit case, and released the taxpayer’s 2016 refund.

If you need information on a specific tax topic, visit the TAS Get Help resource. It offers a step-by step guide on what you can do to settle some IRS issues on your own, what your taxpayer rights are and other options available to help you get resolution. Most issues can be resolved directly by working with the IRS. However, if you have tried, but are still unable to resolve an IRS issue, learn more about whether TAS can help you: TAS eligibility.

When working with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, each individual or business taxpayer is assigned to an advocate who listens to the problem and helps the taxpayer understand what needs to be done to resolve their tax issue. TAS advocates will do everything they can to help taxpayers and work with them every step of the way. Occasionally we feature stories of taxpayers and advocates who work together to resolve complex tax issues. Read more TAS success stories.