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Tax Audit Red Flags: 11 Things That May Get the IRS to Pick You

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Cassandra Hubbart, DailyFinance
By Blake Ellis, @CNNMoney

Worried about a tax audit? You don't have to be.

Audits are avoidable, and it's not just about following the rules. From outlandish charitable giving to working in your own home office, you could be singled out if you hit a nerve with the Internal Revenue Service. Here's what the IRS looks for and tips to help you avoid getting chosen.




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kayo1025

Extremely charitable is a mistake?

April 15 2012 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rudniski136

We got audited because we rolled over some money and the company we rolled the money to didn't report the rollover to the IRS. I almost had a heart attack when I received the IRS letter. At least the agents were pleasant to deal with.

April 15 2012 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hoosierladyus48

Why is it if you owe the IRS, they penalize you and charge you interest? My b/f is getting a refund back, but the IRS has been sitting on his check for over 2 months now. There has to be someone out there who can go up against them.

April 15 2012 at 6:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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papadon.don

LADY... B/f simply paid the crooks too much withholding over the year... very costly. If he adjusts w/h, he'll have more spendable $$$.... the IRS preys on ignorance.

April 15 2012 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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thousands of well armed government employees are all too willing to help releive you of your property

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They got me bent over the barrel again this year...

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