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A Great Blog from “Don’t Mess with Taxes” – by Kay Bell

March 17, 2010

Attention, not luck, will prevent an audit

March 17th, 2010

On St. Patrick’s Day, we all claim a bit of the Emerald Isle. But it takes more than the legendary luck of the Irish to prevent a tax audit.

True, the IRS has most recently been focusing its examinations on higher income taxpayers.

And more business, both large and small, also are getting once overs, especially when it comes to how they classify workers.

So most of us don’t have to worry that much about getting that dreaded letter from an auditor. Unless, of course, we do something that attracts an IRS examiner’s eye.

One way the IRS decides whether to pull a return for a closer look is if it sticks out from the crowd. Yep, when it comes to taxes, it doesn’t pay to be unique.

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Kay Bell is a proven professional in both journalism and corporate communications.

In 2009, her first book, “The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes” (FT Press) was published. It examines ways individuals can make the tax code work to their filing advantage, whatever their stage of life.

As principal of SKB Editorial Services LLC, Kay provides, on contract and freelance basis, writing, research, editing and communications consulting services.

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