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5 Ways to Avoid an IRS Audit

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SteveScottW1218

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January 30 2013 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TB

In October, we received an invoice from the IRS in the mail.....it was unfathomable, and since wifey had just had surgery that morning, we said "Phock it" and sent 'em their 1400 bucks.........a week later we dug into it, wrote them the clarifying explanation, and last week got a check back with a tidbit of interest.

What I'm trying to say is, if you can afford it, whip the check out immediately and fight it out later - those interest/penalty fees shoved by the IRS would make the Mafia blush.

January 27 2013 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ae12wrangell

Heres how to avoid an audit;
1) Don't file taxes
2) Move to Switzerland where US Government can't get a hold of you

January 27 2013 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
investrman

YOU cannot !

If you are a US small business you will be audited as IRS made changes they do not inform public about and this President is at war with all small business thinking we are hiding monies and they are taxing us into higher categories now.

iI you get a divorce or have ANY sudden change in your income, YOU will be audited too.

January 27 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Nekima

Barter, cash, and off shore accounts. Its the new way of the "great american life"

January 21 2013 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jekap55

Don't work. No income, no taxes, no audit.

January 20 2013 at 10:23 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Set aside the money, then just lie your butt off, You might get away with it. If not just pay them. It's a stupid system. Only people in cartoons should be using this disfunctional tax system. We all deserve better than this.

January 20 2013 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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jlrander

They will search until they find something to disallow. Quick write a check. They have to justify the time they spent burrowing into your records.

January 21 2013 at 7:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rhianon

Keeps receipts especially if you itemize.

January 20 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Smitty

Never file taxes, then there's nothing to audit!

January 20 2013 at 12:12 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply