WASHINGTON -- Issuers claiming that their bonds are being fully audited because they are seeking refunds of arbitrage payments can ask IRS officials in Washington to investigate whether the audits are warranted, an agency official said yesterday.

"If they find something like this that just doesn't make sense to them, the best thing for them to do is to call someone here in the national office, and we can look into it and find out if there is a problem," Lon Smith, chief of the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond branch, said in an interview.

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