Be prepared. Tax audits are coming for the middle class. The United States government recently announced a plan to provide the IRS with $80 billion in additional funds and allow them to hire 87,000 new IRS employees under the Inflation Reduction Act. This upsurge in funding and hiring will result in an aggressive increase in auditing tax returns. The IRS is going to be much more thorough when it comes to collecting taxes and examining tax returns. This also means that there will be higher taxes for anyone the IRS believes has not been paying their fair share.
Who Is at the Highest Risk for a Tax Audit?
Tax audits are a surprisingly common event. Last year, the IRS conducted over 659,000 audits. With the incoming influx of IRS employees, the number of audits will drastically increase. The IRS is not just looking for those with the highest incomes; they are also going after lower and middle income earners. Statistics show that low-income households are five times as likely to be audited by the IRS compared to everyone else. Individuals who have completed their own tax return and those who own a business are also at an extremely high risk of getting audited.
How to Protect Yourself From a Tax Audit
If you want to avoid an audit, it's best to hire a CPA to help you prepare your taxes. With their knowledge of handling tax preparation, a CPA will make sure everything is in order so that you won't be audited. In general, if a CPA completes your tax return, you will not be audited.
Don't get caught unprepared. Larry Bradford, CPA has over thirty-five years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and will utilize his expertise to help you avoid a tax audit. Give our office a call at 512-402-0049 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.