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Tax Tips & News: audit

15 Ways To Get Audited By The IRS

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15 Ways to Get Audited

While there are reports circulating that the IRS’ budget has been slashed and audits are going down, there are still many sure shot ways you can get yourself audited by the IRS.  Forbes.com list the 15 most common ways to invite an Audit by the IRS:

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5 Tips for Avoiding an IRS Tax Audit

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Tips To Avoid An Audit

IRS audits are feared for good reason: at best, they’re disruptive, and at worst they can cost you vast amounts of money. Though the percentage of audited returns is relatively low, every year the IRS still audits a huge number of returns. Following these tips can help you reduce the chances you’ll end up as one of their targets. 

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Volunteer IRS Sites Prepare 50% of Tax Returns Incorrectly

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VITA Sites Still Preparing Tax Returns Incorrectly

In a follow up to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), free income tax preparation sites have made no significant gains in increasing the accuracy of the tax returns they prepare. The new report states that Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites (VITA) who prepare income tax returns for low/moderate-income, elderly, disabled and limited-English-proficient taxpayers are still filing approximately 50% of...

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Tax Tips: Audit Red Flags

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The following short video reviews some important information and common mistakes that taxpayers often make which can subject their tax returns to an Audit:

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What Triggers An IRS Audit? (aka Desk Audit Tax)

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Avoid Audit Red Flags

Nothing brings on the cold sweats like an official letter from the Government; particularly the IRS. Like being pulled over by the police while driving, thoughts of everything you have ever done (or may have done) wrong begin to flood your mind. There are two different classes of IRS Audits: Correspondence Audits & Desk Audits.

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IRS Plans To Increase Audits Of Small Businesses

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IRS To Increase Small Business Audits

The IRS recently announced that it plans to increase audits of small businesses in the hopes of closing a $450 Billion gap.  This announcement is interesting because it come on the heals of a recent report that most audits of small businesses turn up nothing.  The eight significant audit areas the IRS will be concentrating are:

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5 Tips For Amending Your Tax Return

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Amending Tips

The April 17th deadline has come and gone, however if you made a mistake or omission, you’ll need to file an amended return.  The following are 5 tips to consider when filing your 1040x.

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6 Reasons The IRS May Audit You

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6 Reasons For IRS Audits

“Why me?” is the plaintive cry from most taxpayers facing an examination from the IRS. You can ask the auditor why all day long, but he’ll just shrug and say, “I don’t know. I’m just doing my job.” Once in a while an auditor may give you her best guess as to why you were selected, but don’t count on it.

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Freelancers More Likely To Be Audited

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2-3 Times More Likely To Be Audited

By Lou Carlozo

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Free Tax Prep Sites: Inaccurate Returns & Privacy Breach Concerns

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The old adage that “you get what you pay for” is compounded when applied to free income tax preparation…In fact, a free tax return may cost taxpayers more than they bargained for.  The title of a report filed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) sums it up frankly: Accuracy of Tax Returns, the Quality Assurance Processes, and Security of Taxpayer Information Remain Problems for the Volunteer Program.

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