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What's the difference between the Audit Support Guarantee and Audit Defense?

SOLVEDby TurboTax871Updated December 23, 2021

Audit Support Guarantee is included with all versions of TurboTax (except TurboTax Business) and provides consultation and audit information support, and Audit Defense is an optional paid add-on service that provides formal representation before the IRS if you are audited.

Audit Support Guarantee

  • Included with all versions of TurboTax, except TurboTax Business
  • If you get an audit notice, get one-on-one audit guidance from a trained tax professional
  • Year-round answers to your audit questions
  • Assistance with what to expect and how to prepare for an audit

Audit Defense

  • Optional, add-on service
  • Get full audit representation by a licensed tax professional, including representation in front of the IRS
  • Available through MAX Defend and Restore (TurboTax Online) or as a standalone service (TurboTax desktop software)
  • Must be purchased when you file your taxes

You can read the fine print about the Audit Support Guarantee at the Intuit Software End User License Agreement for TurboTax Desktop Software or the TurboTax Online Terms of Service. Enter audit support in the Find feature in your browser (usually listed under Edit) to go to it quickly.

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