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What happens in a New York state tax audit?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2022 | Federal And State Tax Collections |

A tax audit is a normal part of the tax process. It allows the agency to ensure everyone is paying the proper taxes. In some cases, it can uncover errors that made you overpay on your return, so you could get a refund.

The Tax Department explains you will usually avoid an audit if you do not have anything that stands out about your return. Generally, issues will flag the process. But if you do get alerted to one, it is helpful to know what to expect.


The general thing you will do in an audit is answering questions and explain the claims in your return. You may need to provide records or evidence to back up your claims. You should reply to any requests in a timely manner. Make sure you note the deadlines given by the Tax Department.


You have the right to have someone else represent you during the process. It should be a professional with knowledge of the tax code. This person gets your permission to interact on your behalf. He or she can handle the process and deal with the Tax Department.

Wrapping up

The audit will end after the agency review all the information it has on you and your taxes. You will receive a notice of the findings and the action the agency will take. You do have the right to disagree with the conclusions and submit additional information to prove your side through the appeals process within 90 days after you receive the notice of the audit results. Your challenge will go through the Tax Department’s Bureau of Conciliation and Mediation Services.