How To Prevent an IRS Audit?

Hello, I'm Melissa Harrison with US Tax Help Association. So you want to prevent an audit. Everyone does. The good news is statistically you are very unlikely to be audited. Less than 1 percent of the people are, but there are some things you can do to make it even less likely to be audited. First of all, it's a good idea to use a professional to file your tax return. You want to be sure that your tax return is organized and consistent. You want to take steps to avoid drawing attention to any mathematical errors or anything along that nature. Second of all, you want to keep it simple. You don't want to take deductions and do a lot of things that aren't necessary. Absolutely, if you qualify, take the deduction, but if you do make sure that you've got the records to support that deduction. For instance, if you make a lot of charitable contributions, be sure that you keep those receipts so that if an audit does happen, you're prepared.