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March 2013 Archives

Tax audit warning flags, part 3: be wary of unusual tax deductions

Beauty, it's often said, is in the eye of the beholder. But that isn't really true of tax deductions. No matter how necessary a certain expense may seem to a given taxpayer, that doesn't mean the IRS will agree.

Tax audit warning flags, part 2: not reporting miscellaneous income

It's true that the U.S. income tax system relies to a considerable agree on voluntary compliance. But that does not mean the IRS is solely dependent on a taxpayer's own disclosures. To the contrary: the IRS often has other sources of information about your possible income sources.

Tax audit warning flags, part 1: vindictive former spouse

No one knows exactly what Google's famous algorithm is. Nor does anyone outside the IRS know exactly what triggers a tax audit. But based on experience, it is possible to make certain educated assumptions about what the warning flags for IRS audits are.

Payroll taxes and worker classification: IRS in auditing mode

Small businesses are often lauded by politicians of all types for their role in role in driving the economy and creating jobs. But small employers face many practical challenges in trying to make their businesses work. Some of those are tax challenges.

Tax preparer indicted on false return, obstruction charges

Many taxpayers depend to a great degree on their tax preparers. There are many reasons for this, of course. People are busy. The tax code is complex. Often, it just makes sense to have a tax professional take care of preparing and filing the return.

The IRS and federal budget cuts: furloughs to be delayed until after April 15

In our February 11 post, we discussed the prospect that federal budget cuts could affect the ability of the IRS to assistance taxpayers and to enforce tax law through audits and investigations. These cuts, known by the shorthand term "sequester," began taking effect on March 1.