As with any automated technology, robo-auditing has created more problems than it has solved. This time-saving but impersonal approach has led to more and more honest taxpayers getting the short end of the deal in terms of selection for audit. Here are some ways to legally bypass the automated system:
- File your return by snail mail: Sure, this may take longer and it could be weeks before you see your refund, but an actual person will screen your returns instead of the an automated system. He or she will still screen your return for errors or missing/incorrect information, but there is also the advantage of a real live human being reading your return: they are easily able to determine which information warrants an audit and which return doesn’t.
- Use discretion when posting to social media: Tax evaders and fraudulent taxpayers who post humblebrags on social media about their extra money, possessions, cars and vacations will catch the IRS’s attention in no time.
- First and foremost, be honest: The best way to avoid an audit–automated or otherwise–is to be honest and consistent when reporting your income on your tax returns. In doing so, the prospect of an audit shouldn’t worry you regardless of how you file your returns.
The IRS takes tax fraud seriously. If the IRS has reason to suspect the information on your tax return is fraudulent, you could end up facing an audit. By being honest and forthright with the information on your returns, you reduce your chances of your return getting flagged for an audit.
To learn more about the audit process, refer to these entries.
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