Filing Taxes Online Free
March 27, 2012 by staff
Filing Taxes Online Free, H&R Block, Data for last year shows the IRS audited the tax returns of approximately 1 percent (1.6 million) of taxpayers. However, further inspection indicates that the tax returns of an additional 6.5 percent (9.2 million) of taxpayers were subjected to recently defined type of compliance contact. The National Taxpayer Advocate called these compliance contacts “unreal” audits in a recent blog post(1).
No matter what an IRS notification or compliance contact is called, H&R Block advises on the benefits of having professional assistance when responding to an IRS notification.
The 9.2 million taxpayers who were notified the IRS had recalculated their taxes due, also could have been assessed added penalties and late fees. The notifications happened for the following reasons:
– 4.7 million returns were corrected for math errors
– 3.9 million returns were determined to have underreported income based
on third-party reporting, which is done by employers, banks, etc.
– 600,000 substitute returns were filed by the IRS on behalf of
taxpayers based solely on income reported by third parties, perhaps
resulting in taxpayers not claiming the tax credits and deductions to
which they are entitled.
“While it might seem the only appropriate response to an IRS notification is to pull out the checkbook, it’s important to understand the request,” said Elaine Smith, H&R Block tax professional and enrolled agent. “The IRS has several ways it corresponds with taxpayers to correct underreporting errors. So, not all audits are created equal.”
H&R Block, which prepares approximately 1 in 7 tax returns nationally, also provides audit services to current and new clients. Only enrolled agents, certified public accountants and lawyers may represent taxpayers through the entire IRS audit process. H&R Block employs the nation’s largest single staffing of enrolled agents, who have experience with audits involving hundreds to millions of dollars. In fact, in an audit situation H&R Block is able to reduce the overall tax liability for 3 out of 5 taxpayers whose returns were not prepared by H&R Block.
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