- Days left

IRS Audit Triggers: Six Red Flags

×
Audit letter from IRS
Cassandra Hubbart, DailyFinance
By Joy Taylor

Ever wonder why some tax returns are scrutinized by the Internal Revenue Service while most are ignored? The IRS audits only slightly more than 1 percent of all individual tax returns annually. The agency doesn't have enough personnel and resources to examine each and every tax return filed during a year. And its resources are shrinking ... the number of enforcement staff dropped nearly 6 percent last year, partly due to budget cuts. So the odds are pretty low that your return will be picked for review. And, of course, the only reason filers should worry about an audit is if they are fudging on their taxes.

Here are six red flags that could increase your chances of drawing some unwanted attention:

More from Kiplinger:


Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Introduction to Retirement Funds

Target date funds help you maintain a long term portfolio.

View Course »

Understanding Credit Scores

Credit scores matter -- learn how to improve your score.

View Course »

TurboTax Articles

Incentive Stock Options

Some employers use Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) as a way to attract and retain employees. While ISOs can offer a valuable opportunity to participate in your company's growth and profits, there are tax implications you should be aware of. We'll help you understand ISOs and fill you in on important timetables that affect your tax liability, so you can optimize the value of your ISOs.

What is a 1098-E: Student Loan Interest

If you're currently paying off a student loan, you may get Form 1098-E in the mail from each of your lenders. Your lenders have to report how much interest you pay annually. Student loan interest can be deductible on federal tax returns, but receiving a 1098-E doesn't always mean you're eligible to take the deduction.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

1 Comment

Filter by:
scottee

if we had a small national sales tax that everyone pays...instead of the 73,000 pages of current tax code, we wouldn't need the IRS and all the tax games that people play.

March 19 2013 at 10:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to scottee's comment
clarita995

but what about the states that have been and still ARE doing fine without any sales tax ? this is why it won't float.....and be realistic ONCE THEY START their taxes you know it always increases-

March 28 2013 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply