A recent federal court ruling in favor of the IRS should send a cautionary note to both individual and business taxpayers alike.
Tax season alone, whether you’re doing the paperwork for a business or for yourself, can bring a long of anxiety. During this time you collect all your paperwork, sort through the numbers and try to figure what your financial picture looked like last year. This can be extremely time-consuming and tedious.
The power of the IRS summons might surprise you. Whereas a warrant request typically must name a specific person, the IRS has been allowed to request a summons for a whole category of taxpayers, without specifically naming them. The so-called John Doe summons, issued to IRS examiners, allows the IRS to obtain the names of individual taxpayers.
Although the risk of an audit may be statistically low for the average individual taxpayer, are small businesses at a disproportionate risk?
When it comes to tax evasion, the IRS cares about intent. This is why tax evasion, defined in Section 7201 of the Internal Revenue Code, requires the IRS to prove that a taxpayer purposefully underpaid or misrepresented his or her taxes.
A recent article makes a dire prediction: the risk of partnership audits may increase due to new tax rules.
A business must keep good records for practical reasons like tracking inventory and revenues, and simply to know whether its operations are “in the black.” However, the advice of an IRS publication is equally wise: Good business records may even stave off a tax audit.