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Category: Audits

Churches and Taxes: IRS Suspends Audits

Every field of activity has its own peculiar tax considerations. Churches are no exception. In fact, churches, and the clergy who serve them, probably have more unusual tax peculiarities to consider than many other fields. It is fair to ask whether this reasoning applies to tax audits. Are churches more […]


IRS Audits: Does Seeking Fast-Track Settlement Make Sense?

IRS audits are hardly an experience that anyone would seek out. For individuals and businesses alike, it can be time-consuming and laborious to satisfy the agency’s scrutiny. Naturally, it can also be stressful, with the potential risk of tax penalties or even criminal tax charges. If, however, an IRS audit is already […]


IRS Audits and Corporate Governance

The phrase “IRS audit” carries connotations that differ from taxpayer to taxpayer. If you’ve done all you can to file flawless tax returns, notice of an audit might seem like an outrage. Yet a different feeling – one of anxiety – could come if you fear you might have been […]


IRS Audits: Many Factors Affect Likelihood

The IRS does not operate in a vacuum. The agency is affected by political pressure to cut the federal budget, and for the second straight year has less money to do its work. IRS audits may be affected by the reduction in the agency’s budget of about 2 percent compared to […]


IRS Audits Could be Eased by Video Conferencing

The IRS is supposed to be accessible to taxpayers. That is why the agency’s Taxpayer Advocate service is starting to conduct a pilot project on the use of teleconferences between case workers and taxpayers who have questions. IRS audits are another possible forum for video conferences. Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer […]


Chance of IRS Audit Varies by Income Level

A basic principle of the tax collection system should be fairness. For the system to work, people of all income levels -rich, poor and middle class alike – should get equal treatment from the IRS. And yet IRS audits are very much skewed toward higher income taxpayers. That is what the evidence […]