2013 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 42 - Taxation
§ 42-2075; Version 2 Audit duration; definition
42-2075. Audit duration; definition
(L13, Ch. 255, sec. 4. Eff. 1/1/15)
A. An audit of a taxpayer's return or claim for refund shall not exceed two years from the date of initial audit contact to the issuance of a notice of proposed deficiency assessment or proposed overpayment, except:
1. An audit of a fraudulent tax return.
2. An audit delayed as the result of the taxpayer's bankruptcy proceeding.
3. An audit in which the department has issued a letter to the taxpayer or the taxpayer's representative citing the potential imposition of the penalty described in section 42-1125, subsection C for the taxpayer's failure or refusal to provide information pursuant to the department's written request.
4. An audit involving proceedings concerning the enforcement or validity of a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued pursuant to section 42-1006, subsection C.
5. An audit involving a proceeding under section 42-2056.
6. An audit where a taxpayer has filed a petition pursuant to section 43-1148, but only in relation to the effect of the petition request.
7. An audit in which the taxpayer provides a written request to extend the audit beyond the two-year period. A request for extension under this paragraph is not a substitute for a waiver of the statute of limitations pursuant to section 42-1104, subsection B, paragraph 9. However, a waiver of the statute of limitations is considered to be a written request to extend the audit beyond the two-year period under this paragraph.
B. This section applies to audits conducted by the department and to audits conducted by the department and cities and towns pursuant to section 42-6002.
C. For the purposes of this section, " initial audit contact" means:
1. For a field audit, the date of the first meeting between the taxpayer or the taxpayer's representative and a member of the department's audit staff.
2. For a desk or office audit, the date of the first letter to the taxpayer regarding the audit.
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