10 Tips to Avoid an IRS Audit


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The IRS or Internal Revenue Service handles taxes. Learn about the history of the IRS and how it enforces taxes.


Author's Note: 10 Tips to Avoid an IRS Audit

I was surprised to learn that despite encouraging electronic filing of tax returns, the IRS will never contact you electronically about conducting an audit. You will get a phone call -- and doesn't that sound like a fun conversation -- or snail mail, due to disclosure requirements. The lesson here: Open those IRS envelopes as soon as they arrive -- but do so at your own risk.

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