11. Prepare to be Audited

Warning 11
Always prepare your tax return with an eye to the possibility that you may have to defend it. If your tax return is carefully and properly completed, and adequately supported with proper receipts and other documentation, you can confidently face an IRS examination without fear. Taking a chance that your return will not be caught, and padding your deductions or using other questionable tactics will lead to panic and all sorts of trouble should you be picked for examination? Remember, the IRS plan is to check everyone within a 5 year period. Your number may come up any time.