Quality Examination Process


The Quality Examination Process (QEP) is a systematic approach for engaging and involving Large Business and International (LB&I) Division taxpayers in the tax examination process, from the earliest planning stages through resolution of all issues and completion of the case.

QEP sets the foundation for improved communication between LB&I agents and taxpayers. QEP also supports greater consistency in the exam process.

LB&I has developed a new publication, “Achieving Quality Examinations through Effective Planning, Execution and Resolution PDF.” The publication outlines the LB&I examination process from start to finish, and it explains LB&I and taxpayer responsibilities for ensuring an efficient, effective examination. LB&I revenue agents will review the publication with taxpayers at the start of most new tax examinations.

Note: IRM Section 4.46 – LB&I Guide for Quality Examinations – is being updated to reflect these changes. Existing references to the Joint Audit Planning Process are being removed and replaced with information about the Quality Examination Process.

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