What two words cause the most panic to Americans? There are probably a hundred funny responses running through your mind right now, but we were thinking of a less humorous response: "IRS audit."
Your odds of avoiding an audit are usually pretty good. The IRS reviewed 1.03 million tax returns in fiscal year (FY) 2016, resulting in a low audit rate of 0.7%. However, the latest annual report from the National Taxpayer Advocate has raised concerns that the IRS is publicly reporting misleading information and negatively impacting taxpayers' rights. Certain compliance processes such as math correction errors, identity and wage verification, and Automated Underreporter are not being included in the IRS definition of a "real" audit. As a result, taxpayers contacted through these procedures have less protection, including a limited ability to appeal an "unreal" audit's assessment. When these compliance processes are included, the audit coverage rate for FY 2016 jumps up to 6.2%.
There are some red flags that are likely to increase your odds of being audited. Some of these cannot be avoided, but others are essentially errors in judgment.
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has brought about many changes. If you're uncertain as to how your tax return is affected, it's far better to consult a qualified tax professional than make a mistake that may invite an audit. Advises Bronnenkant, "I would only suggest that people prepare their taxes honestly and truthfully, and also be able to support what they put on their return in the event they get audited."
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Originally Posted at: https://www.moneytips.com/audit-red-flags
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