Will The IRS Audit You?

Individual Income Tax in Rancho Cucamonga Area

When dealing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it’s never a good idea to willfully avoid paying your fair share of taxes by being misleading. At the same time, it is also your right to pay the least amount you legally owe when filing your federal tax return. That gives rise to a common dilemma that many taxpayers face at tax preparation time: How to pay the lowest amount of tax legally without being flagged by the IRS for an audit. That can be difficult because tax laws are numerous and often confusing. Not to create unnecessary fear, but please remember that there are a variety of consequences for tax evasion, including bank levies, tax liens, and even court-ordered time in jail.

Red Flags for Tax Audits

Returns are likely to be audited for several reasons:

  • Out-of-the-ordinary deductions and numerous math errors on the return
  • Not filing the proper tax schedules and forms
  • Reporting less income than is stated on your W-2 forms and other income documents
  • Filing any type of complicated return, such as ones that report business income or take unusual deductions

Keep in mind that, in general, the IRS can audit returns as old as six years. Therefore, keep copies of all federal tax returns and supporting documentation for at least that long.

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Avoid an IRS Audit: Your Best Plan

Your best antidote to being audited by the IRS is to be thorough, accurate, and honest when preparing and filing your annual tax forms. Do yourself a great favor by keeping meticulous records throughout the year as part of your personal income tax planning. Hiring a tax professional can facilitate your individual income tax. Professional help will guide you through the complexities of the tax code.

Contact Mr. Steve White of Whyte & Associates, Rancho Cucamonga, at (909) 575-0080 if you are seeking the services of a tax-savvy, competent tax expert. He will ensure that your filing with the IRS will be correct, that your taxes are as low as legally allowed, and that you’ll be much less likely to face an IRS audit. Our office is located at 10370 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 130, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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