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March 2017 Archives

3 ways to trip the IRS tax audit scoring system

The overall number of tax audits continued to decrease with about one million individual returns flagged last year, which equates to less than one percent of all those filed. This number was 16 percent lower than the prior fiscal year.

Avoiding common tax mistakes can save you headaches later

Poet Alexander Pope famously said "to err is human, to forgive divine." Unfortunately, we may all be human, but the IRS is not a benevolent deity wishing to absolve. Millions of us make tiny errors when doing our tax returns, and those can end up costing us big in the long run in the form of fines, penalties, overpayment, underpayment, misapplied funds and more.

Warn aging family members and friends about tax scams

As tax season starts to wind down for the year, the IRS warned that tax scammers were again targeting our seniors with demands related to back taxes and threats that law enforcement are on their way. Another variant might include a threat to file a lawsuit. Everyone needs to know that actual IRS agents do not initiate contact over the phone.

What's in a name? Pop star's estate disputes with IRS.

Getting contacted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is one thing that can put everyone on equal footing. It does not matter if you are a regular Joe the Plumber or the King of Pop, a phone call or mailing from the IRS will likely increase your heart rate and cause you to break into a cold sweat.