Individual taxpayers in Georgia and around the country are at a relatively low risk of being audited by the IRS. Overall, fewer than 1 percent of federal income tax returns are scrutinized further by the government. However, a person's exact audit risk may depend on several factors such as his or her income, deductions taken and forms included in a return. For instance, those who had an adjusted gross income between $500,000 and $999,999 were audited at a rate of 3.62 percent in 2016.
Georgia residents may have firsthand experience with how complicated the federal tax code can be. Such confusion has led to the creation of generalizations or myths that some may have come to take for granted. While it is true that the IRS generally audits those who make more than $1 million per year, those who make under $25,000 and claim the earned income tax credit may be at risk for being audited.
When you prepare your tax return, you should be aware of key tax issues that might raise red flags with the Internal Revenue Service and lead to an examination of your business practices.
Georgia residents who are in business partnerships should be aware of regulations being proposed by the Internal Revenue Service regarding partnership audits. The agency is having a hearing that will provide taxpayers and their financial advisers the opportunity to voice questions about the rules.
There are several common mistakes that some Georgia residents make with their tax returns that could lead them to be targeted for audits. By avoiding these errors, taxpayers may reduce their chances of being selected for audits. If they are facing audits, they may want to get help instead of trying to represent themselves.
According to reports, the Internal Revenue service has announced that the amount of tax audits it normally conducts will be greatly reduced for the 2016 tax year due to the low number of IRS workers and budget cuts. In fact, the chances a taxpayer will be audited has dropped to less than one percent, which is less than one for every 100 taxpayers. While most Georgia taxpayers will consider this good news, some taxpayers may use the occasion to take advantage of the system. This means that the IRS must still conduct audits, so it is a good idea for every taxpayer to be prepared just in case they are among the small number of taxpayers to be audited.
Tax audits are down for the fifth straight year according to information from the Wall Street Journal. In fiscal year 2016, just .7 percent of returns were audited, which translates to about one audit for every 143 returns. That was the lowest volume of audits since 2003. Georgia residents and others in the highest tax bracket also saw a reduction in the number of returns audited.
When it comes to audits by the Internal Revenue Service, some Georgia taxpayers may fear that they will be audited. Forgetting to file certain IRS forms is a common way to trigger an audit.
Tax forms have all been mailed, and the deadline for filing starts to loom for many people. As you prepare to file your 2016 taxes, your goal is to limit your obligations to the government and maximize a refund if you are getting one. Every year, millions of American miss tax deductions that should reduce the amount they owe the government without realizing it.
Most Georgia residents who will be filing their 2016 federal income tax returns will not be audited. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service only audits around 1 percent of the tax returns that it receives. Despite the low chances of an IRS audit, audits are still a concern for some people, and it is important to be aware of the red flags that the IRS looks for.