How to avoid an audit by the IRS


Audits have declined in recent years, owing to a loss of 30 percent of the IRS’ enforcement staff since 2010. In fiscal year 2016, the agency says it audited nearly 1.2 million tax returns, or just 0.6 percent of the total. Seven out of 10 audits were conducted after a notice like this: DEAR TAXPAYER, [...]