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How Does the IRS Handle Audits from Deceased People?

How Does the IRS Handle Audits from Deceased People? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) handles audits of deceased people in the same way that it handles audits of living people. From the perspective of the person being audited, though, these audits are often confusing because they do not involve income...

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How Far Back Can the IRS Audit You?

Generally speaking, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can audit your tax filings from up to 3 years in the past. However, if there are significant errors in your returns, the IRS can double this limitation and look back up to 6 years. If the IRS decides that there are signs...

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What is the Statute of Limitations for an IRS Audit?

The statute of limitations for audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the window of time during which the IRS can conduct an audit. Once the window closes, the IRS cannot initiate an audit of your taxes. The duration of that window, though, depends on the situation. However,...

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What Happens During an IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) Interview? Tips for Tax Preparers

The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation division (IRS CI) is responsible for investigating suspected federal tax crimes. If IRS CI has reason to believe that you, as a tax preparer, have aided your clients in violating the Internal Revenue Code, Bank Secrecy Act, or any of the multitude of other...

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IRS Adds Thousands of New Auditors, Gearing Up for Increase in Tax Enforcement Actions

In recent news, the IRS is adding approximately 2,500 new auditors to its roster in anticipation of Congress passing a $40 billion package designed to increase tax enforcement on the wealthy. According to a recent news report, roughly 2,000 agents will be added to the Small Business team and another...

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Foreign Bank Accounts, Cryptocurrency & the IRS: What U.S. Taxpayers Need to Know

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is cracking down on U.S. taxpayers who own foreign bank accounts and cryptocurrency in 2021. Both of these have been priority enforcement areas for the IRS in recent years, and the IRS has made clear that it intends to continue auditing and investigating taxpayers who...

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What are the FBAR Penalties if You Don’t File with FinCEN?

If you are required to file an annual FBAR form with the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), failing to file can lead to steep penalties. Filing an inaccurate FBAR can have severe consequences as well. This is true even if your failure to file or the inaccuracy...

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