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tax audit, San Jose tax audit attorney, tax lawyer, tax returns, DIF systemThe prospect of being audited by the IRS is rather frightening, and many taxpayers do not know what to expect in a potential tax audit. However, only around 1 percent of people who file taxes are audited, and there is a great deal of confusion about what makes an audit likely. When filing a tax return, it is important to understand what the IRS looks for when deciding who to audit.

The DIF System

The IRS uses automated scoring known as the Discriminant Information Function (DIF) System to analyze tax returns. This system compares people’s incomes in a geographic area and looks at factors such as family size, how income is earned, and real estate property values to find any discrepancies that may require an audit. The IRS also uses an Unreported Income DIF (UIDIF) score to analyze whether a person is likely to have any income that was not reported correctly.

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San Jose tax attorney, tax deadlineTax returns and all taxes owed for 2016 were due on April 18, 2017. If you failed to file your tax return and make payment of any taxes due, there will be repercussions. 

The best way to minimize the fallout for late filing and paying is to take care of both matters as soon as possible. Penalties and interest will start to accrue immediately, leaving you with an even bigger bill. 

Often, people who do not file on time do so because they have a complicated tax situation. They may have questions that they cannot answer, or they may be worried about a situation because they do not understand it. 

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