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Causes of IRS audits

The probability that Maryland residents will be audited by the Internal Revenue Service is pretty low. In fact, less than 1 percent of all tax returns will be selected for an audit. However, there are certain types of entries on a return that may compel the IRS to pay closer attention.

What may cause the IRS to issue an audit

Fewer than 1 percent of all tax returns in Maryland and throughout the country are audited by the IRS each year. However, some types of returns are more prone to audits than others. For instance, those who have a high income are more likely to get audited because a taxpayer error will affect more money owed to the government.

How to prepare for a tax audit

Maryland residents may be in the process of collecting information to complete their tax returns. Ideally, an individual will take as many deductions and credits as possible. However, it is also important to understand what happens if the IRS decides to audit a return. In an average year less than 1 percent of returns are selected for further scrutiny. In 2017, there were slightly more than 3,000 criminal cases according to an annual report from the Criminal Investigation Division.

Reducing the odds of an IRS audit

The odds of a Maryland resident being audited are relatively low. According to the IRS, only .7 percent of returns were selected for review in 2015. However, there are steps that one could take to help further reduce the risk of coming under IRS scrutiny. It is important to note that there is no way to eliminate the risk of an audit as some returns are selected randomly for review.

Common reasons for audits

A majority of taxpayers in Maryland and the rest of the country normally do not have to go through an audit. However, there are certain issues on a tax return that may compel the Internal Revenue Service to take a second look.

Avoiding small business tax audits

The last thing that a small business owner in Maryland wants is a tax audit. While the chances of being audited by the IRS are relatively small, this fact is cold comfort to an entrepreneur who is faced with an investigation. Fortunately, there are several things that business owners can do to prevent IRS scrutiny.

Understanding the risk of audits

In Maryland, some taxpayers are audited every year. While some people may believe that they do not need to worry about being audited, it is important for them to realize that the Internal Revenue Service can audit anyone that it chooses.

Failures to file and paying taxes late: What to know

In Maryland, some taxpayers may either fail to file their tax returns by the filing deadline or they may fail to pay all of the taxes that they owe when they are due. Failures to file and failures to pay may both result in penalties in addition to the balances that may be owed.

Progressives were also targeted by IRS in Tea Party scandal

Maryland residents may recall the controversy surrounding conservative groups that may have received extra scrutiny from the IRS. However, other groups had also drawn scrutiny from the IRS as well. An audit revealed that groups seeking tax-exempt status with words such as progressive in them were also given looked at harder. The audit was conducted by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration after a bipartisan group in the Senate asked for it.

When disaster strikes

People living in Maryland know the importance of being prepared for natural and man-made disasters. Despite one's best efforts, however, there is still often a flurry of activity as individuals and families attempt to reestablish their lives after life-changing devastation. One area that can become particularly challenging is the reconstruction of tax and financial records to prove losses.

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