Who gets audited?

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Updated: 3/27/2003 1:10 pm
When you file your federal taxes with the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS (I-R-S), your return is usually reviewed to ensure that the information you reported is accurate. An examination by the IRS may occur for several reasons. Your return may be subject to review based on a score from a computer program that scores returns according to the likelihood that they contain errors. Another reason the IRS may choose to look at your return more closely is if your figures don't correspond with information reported to the IRS. For example, the information you list on your return must match the 1099 (ten ninety-nine) forms or W-2s (w-twos) submitted by your employers, or the IRS may want to investigate the discrepancy. In addition, the IRS may audit your tax return if it has received information from informants, public records, the media, or any other source that implicates you in wrongdoing. If you're being audited, a tax professional can give you more information.

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