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IRS to check social media for evidence of tax evasion

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has had to cut down significantly on the size of its workforce. Due to the reduced workforce, the agency has stated it struggles to keep up with investigations. As a result, the agency has needed to take steps towards increased efficiency.

Does the earned income tax credit increase audit risk?

Taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are at an increased risk of an audit compared to those who do not. The reason: it is a tax credit often claimed in error. Last year alone the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audited 381,000 taxpayers that claimed the EITC. This translates to over one-third of all audits conducted by the agency.

Four tax deductions for 2018

Recent tax reform has changed the way taxpayers will do taxes for the 2018 tax year. The new law increased the standardized deduction, meaning many taxpayers will prefer to use the standardized deduction instead of the itemized approach. Before you decide which is best for your family, take a minute to review some of the more popular deductions that remain applicable in 2018.

One tip to reduce your tax bill and save you money

There are many tax strategies that can help reduce your tax bill, some more complex than others. But putting aside money into a retirement account is one relatively easy step that can save everyone money. The step is like a one-two punch — not only are you taking money out of your taxable income but you are also putting it away for use in the future.

Goodbye deductions: 3 popular tax deductions no longer available

The Trump administration touted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) as tax reform that led to savings for most taxpayers. Although taxpayers will experience a doubled standard deduction and higher tax credits, there are some things that were taken away that may also impact your future tax returns.

Avoid these common audit triggers

Taxes are due within the next couple of days and the pressure of getting taxes in on time can result in errors. It is important to slow down and avoid errors as some of these errors can lead to a closer look by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Jack Daniel’s v. Uncle Sam: Tax audit leads to a fight with bite

What do Jack Daniel’s, whiskey barrels, and small businesses in Minnesota have in common? More than you may think at first glance. One of the nation’s largest whiskey makers is taking on its local legislature to ensure a tax issue is resolved before it becomes a big problem.

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