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valencik
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We recently were audited by the state of MN, now we are wondering if we have to file an amended federal return. If we don't, could there be consequences?

 
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Opus 17
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We recently were audited by the state of MN, now we are wondering if we have to file an amended federal return. If we don't, could there be consequences?

If MN adjusted a federal item that the IRS hasn't caught yet (such as failure to report a 1099-R as income, or incorrect reporting of self-employment wages) then you should also file a federal amended return and pay what you owe.  Any interest and penalties for unpaid IRS taxes will continue to grow until it's paid, and if they catch you later it will just make the penalties more. 

(On the other hand, the IRS only has 3 years to audit you from the date you file or the filing deadline, whichever is later; or 7 years if you under-stated your tax by more than 25%.  So if you want to roll the dice and hope the IRS doesn't catch you before the statute of limitations expires, that will at least make your daily walk to the mailbox more interesting.)

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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TomYoung
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We recently were audited by the state of MN, now we are wondering if we have to file an amended federal return. If we don't, could there be consequences?

It's impossible to say since you didn't indicate if the audit resulted in an adjustment to your state income tax return and, if it did, what got adjusted.  Since most state income taxes start with federal income - I don't know in MN does or not - almost always an adjustment at the federal level has the potential for needing a corresponding adjust to the state income tax.  But not every adjustment at the state level necessarily ripples up to the federal income tax return.  

So what got adjusted by MN?
Opus 17
Level 15

We recently were audited by the state of MN, now we are wondering if we have to file an amended federal return. If we don't, could there be consequences?

If MN adjusted a federal item that the IRS hasn't caught yet (such as failure to report a 1099-R as income, or incorrect reporting of self-employment wages) then you should also file a federal amended return and pay what you owe.  Any interest and penalties for unpaid IRS taxes will continue to grow until it's paid, and if they catch you later it will just make the penalties more. 

(On the other hand, the IRS only has 3 years to audit you from the date you file or the filing deadline, whichever is later; or 7 years if you under-stated your tax by more than 25%.  So if you want to roll the dice and hope the IRS doesn't catch you before the statute of limitations expires, that will at least make your daily walk to the mailbox more interesting.)

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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