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2012 Tax Tips; Vol. 7


6 REASONS THE IRS MAY AUDIT YOU

“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,… Continue reading
 

NY STATE TO HUMILIATE TAX FRAUDSTERS

In these tough times for state and municipal governments, the Department of Taxation and Finance wants to make sure it’s not losing a single dime. To that end, it’s focusing on multiple techniques, including public spiritedness and humiliation.  The department has created a page to help taxpayers report people and businesses who, allegedly, are not…Continue reading 

IRS LACKS ADEQUATE DATA PROTECTIONS

The IRS has failed to implement key components of its information security program, potentially putting at risk sensitive agency and taxpayer data, according to the federal government’s top watchdog. A report from the Government Accountability Office released Friday concludes that IRS computer systems used to process financial and taxpayer data are subject to “control weaknesses” that… Continue reading 

TIGTA: IRS FAILED TO PROPERLY SCREEN 77% OF NEW HIRES

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Inspection of the Employee Pre-Screening Process (2012-IE-R003) and found the following: In Fiscal Year 2010, taxpayers filed over 230 million tax returns that contained sensitive financial information. Because many IRS employees must have access to sensitive taxpayer information to administer the Nation’s tax system, the IRS must be particularly cognizant…Continue reading

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR AGI

Calculating your adjusted gross income (AGI) is one of the first steps in determining your taxable income for the year. If you are an experienced tax preparer, this calculation can be easy. However, if you are…not an expert, you might find the following tips helpful. Before Determining Your AGIDetermining your AGI would be…Continue reading

 


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