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“Audit” is a word that can strike fear into the hearts of taxpayers.

However, the chances of an Internal Revenue Service audit aren’t that high. Between 2010 and 2018, the 国税局 only audited 0.6% of all individual tax returns.¹

And being audited does not necessarily imply that the 国税局 suspects wrongdoing. The 国税局 says an audit is just a formal review of a tax return to ensure information is being reported according to current tax law and to verify that the information itself is accurate.

The 国税局 selects returns for audit using three main methods.²

  • 随机选择. Some returns are chosen at random based on the results of a statistical formula.
  • 信息匹配. The 国税局 compares reports from payers — W2 forms from employers, 1099 forms from banks and brokerages, and others — to the returns filed by taxpayers. Those that don’t match may be examined further.
  • 相关考试. Some returns are selected for an audit because they involve issues or transactions with other taxpayers whose returns have been selected for examination.

There are a number of sound tax practices that may reduce the chances of an audit.

  • 提供完整的信息. Among the most commonly overlooked information is missing Social Security numbers — including those for any dependent children and ex-spouses.
  • 避免数学错误. When the 国税局 receives a return that contains math errors, it assesses the error and sends a notice without following its normal deficiency procedures.
  • 匹配你的语句. The numbers on any W-2 and 1099 forms must match the returns to which they are tied. Those that don’t match may be flagged for an audit.
  • 不要重复错误. The 国税局 remembers those returns it has audited. It may check to make sure past errors aren’t repeated.
  • 保持完整的记录. This won’t reduce the chance of an audit, but it potentially may make it much easier to comply with 国税局 requests for documentation.

Remember, the information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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Most audits don’t involve face-to-face meetings with 国税局 agents or representatives. In 2019, the latest year for which data is available, 73.8% were actually conducted through the mail; only 26.2% involved face-to-face meetings.

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Internal Revenue Service, 2020

  1. 国税局.政府,2020
  2. 国税局.政府,2021

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. 所表达的意见及 material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or 出售任何证券. 版权所有2021 FMG套件.

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