How to Avoid an IRS Audit

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Want to avoid an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax audit? Who doesn’t! Justin Hein, Managing Attorney for Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation, details some things you can do to avoid an IRS tax audit:

  • Be honest. To avoid an IRS tax audit, you should be completely honest on your tax return. Report what you’ve earned and only list the deductions and credits that you’re eligible for and make sure that your math is correct.
  • Provide documentation. To avoid an IRS audit, you need to be able to prove that the income, deductions and credits you’re claiming are legitimate – and the only way you can do that is by having records in place. If you’re maintaining accurate records, you’re more likely to file an accurate return. You should attach a copy of any document proving large or out of the ordinary deductions or contributions to your tax return. Anything that might be different or that sticks out should be documented.
  • Keep organized records. To avoid an IRS tax audit, it is a good idea to use a computer. You can also consult with a professional tax preparer. They can do a pre-filing review of your return to ensure that nothing sticks as a potential red flag.
  • Contact a tax attorney. To avoid an IRS audit, consult with a tax attorney or a tax professional can be beneficial. If you’re in debt with the IRS or feel as though you’re not going to be able to make a payment on your upcoming tax return, you should consider contacting an attorney. A qualified tax attorney can review your financial situation and determine what programs you may qualify for in order to deal with your IRS tax debt.”

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