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Five Reasons Why the IRS Will Audit You

Each year, the IRS audits over 1 million tax returns. With agency resources shrinking, the IRS is more selective when choosing tax returns to audit. Knowing what the IRS is looking for can help you understand and reduce your audit risk. Here are five of the biggest reasons the IRS may choose to audit your return:

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Outsmart email scams in 3 simple steps

So you got an email from the IRS. Or did you? Here are three steps to follow to help you avoid becoming a victim of an email scam.

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It's Your (and the IRS's) Lucky Day! You won a prize. Now what?

When you win a prize, there are really two winners: you and the taxing authorities. Should you be fortunate enough to win that trip of a lifetime to the French Riviera in your new yacht, here is what you need to know.

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Renew your ITIN soon

Don't delay in renewing your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if it's set to expire at the end of 2018.

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Don't Run Afoul of the IRS's "Nanny Tax"

The IRS is more strictly enforcing rules that determine whether a worker is actually your employee, rather than an independent contractor. Beware: you have many extra tax responsibilities and expenses if you are an employer in the eyes of the IRS.

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Understanding Tax Terms: Contemporaneous Records - Why should you care?

If you have problems getting to sleep at night and you turn to the IRS tax code for help, you might find some vocabulary that is very foreign to you. One of the more uncommon words used by the IRS is the term "contemporaneous." So what does it mean and why should you care?

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Audit-proof your shareholder loan

Business owners may face a lot of scrutiny if they borrow money from their company and then get audited. Find out how you can prepare.

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Don't get hooked by a phishing scam

Don't get hooked by a phishing scam

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Don't fall for the "tax-deduction" charity scam

Don't fall for the "tax-deduction" charity scam

The IRS is warning taxpayers about fake charitable organizations tricking people into donating to receive tax deductions.

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Audit Rates Decline for Sixth Year in a Row But don't get complacent...

The IRS reported audit rates declined last year for the sixth year in a row and reached their lowest level since 2002. That’s good news for people who don’t like to be audited (which is everybody)!

But don’t get complacent. A closer look at the IRS data release reveals some audit pitfalls you should know about. Here is what you need to know:

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2nd quarter interest rates increase

2nd quarter interest rates increase

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If You're Expecting a Refund, Read This

The end of tax season is approaching and if you’re getting a refund, here are four useful tips to know.

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Calling the IRS? Let the agency know who you are

Calling the IRS? Let the agency know who you are

If you need to call the IRS this tax season, be aware that you'll be asked to verify your identity. This is part of the IRS's continuing effort to keep taxpayer data secure. You can help your phone call go smoothly by having the following information handy when you dial:

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Watch out for scams this tax season

Watch out for scams this tax season

The IRS is warning taxpayers to keep on high alert for the next few months. Scammers may try to get their hands on your money or tax return by collecting your personal or financial data. According to the IRS, its employees will never:

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Beware This Year's Tax-Season Scam

Scammers were very successful last year with a scheme to pry W-2 pay stub data away from employers. The IRS warned that it may be one of several techniques they use again this year.

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Keep good records for mutual funds

Keep good records for mutual funds

Brokers are required to report your cost basis to the IRS. Without good recordkeeping, you may not be able to prove you were overtaxed because of incorrect basis reporting by your broker.

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Tax Act News: Paycheck Withholdings Changing Now

The IRS released new income tax withholding tables that reflect the changes to the tax bracket structure in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in late December. Employers will have until Feb. 15 to update their payroll systems to reflect the new changes, and employees will start seeing the changes in their paychecks after that point.

The TCJA reduces income tax rates for almost all taxpayers. Widespread tax changes like this seldom happen, so it’s worth keeping an eye on your pay stubs over the next few weeks. The danger is that if the changes aren’t done right, you’ll either have too much tax taken out every paycheck, or end up with a big tax bill because too little was withheld. Here are some tips:

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Be Sure It's Really the IRS: Constantly changing scams require your attention

Believe it or not, pretending to be an IRS agent is one of the favorite tactics of scam artists, according to the Better Business Bureau. The con artists impersonate the IRS to either intimidate people into making payments over the phone, or to send misleading emails tricking people into sharing personal information digitally.

You can defend yourself against these scammers by knowing these simple rules:

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Contractor or Employee?

Contractor or Employee?
Knowing the difference is important

Is a worker an independent contractor or an employee? This seemingly simple question is often the contentious subject of numerous IRS audits. As an employer, getting this wrong could cost you plenty in the way of Social Security, Medicare taxes, and other employment related taxes. Here is what you need to know.

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IRS PIN Announcement: DO NOT THROW OUT

IRS PIN Announcement: DO NOT THROW OUT

If you are one of the unfortunate victims of IRS identity theft you will need a one-time PIN to file your tax return. Without this numeric identifier your 2015 tax return will be rejected. The IRS issues taxpayer victims this PIN in a written notice.

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