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Paying Taxes


  • Surviving an audit

    An audit is an impartial review to determine the accuracy of your tax return--it is not an accusation of wrongdoing. Self-employed taxpayers and those who receive much of their income in tips are more likely to be audited, as are professionals such as doctors, who often run their own businesses. If you're to be audited, you have rights to an explanation of the process, to representation, to claim additional deductions, and to request an opinion from the IRS's national office. You can request a postponement if you need it, and you can disagree with the auditor's findings.