What is a National Research Project Audit?
A National Research Project Audit (NRP) is something you do not wish upon your worst enemy. It is an audit conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where they look at every single line item of your return and make you prove each item in detail.
Why does the IRS do these audits? These audits are very similar to the TCMP audits of the past where the IRS looked at every line item of a return on a random basis to set the pararmeters for their audit selection process.
This is the exact purpose of the NRP audits and the selection process is again on a random basis. The IRS will use the data they procure from these audits to set their computers to select taxpayers for audits in the future.
If you are selected for a NRP audit you should engage tax counsel to get you through the process.