Monday, December 29, 2008

8 Ways to Prevent an Audit

The RDTC Tax Help Blog recently posted an entry with advice on how to prevent an IRS audit. Below are the first three items, but you can read the full list by clicking here.

1. Keep Neat

One of the easiest ways to get audited is by simply not providing all the correct documentation. When doing your taxes, it can be easy to miss a step or forget to include a few things. Unfortunately, this looks like evasion to the IRS, so do everything you can to keep all your tax documents together before tax season. That way you can make sure that all of your returns are accurate before you file them.

2. Keep Business Separate

It's easy to get carried away when buying stuff for "the office". However, make sure that when you are buying anything for your business that it is a business expense allowed by the IRS. Additionally, too many write-offs for your business that seem suspicious are a big red flag for the IRS, so only write-off items that clearly serve a business function.

3. Check Your Income

Make sure the income you put on your return matches the income number on your income forms exactly. While this does not always make for an audit, it only takes a few things to raise suspicion. Listing an incorrect income is of the easiest ways to get audited, but can easily be avoided by double-checking your return before you file it.

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