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New Year’s Resolution No.1: Don’t Get Audited

New Year’s Resolution No.1: Don’t Get Audited

Accounting in Miami remind you that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and it’s time to start making resolutions for 2012. No.1: Don’t Get Audited! When it comes to tax resolutions for next year, Small Business Accountants in Miami visions of refunds might be dancing in your head while you dream of deductions while lying in bed, but don’t dream too hard or old Scrooge will call your deductions from up to three Christmases past for an IRS audit warns Viera a Tax Accountant in Miami.

Accountants Miami understand what causes IRS audits? After more than 25 years of Accounting in Miami experience with thousands of returns, as Small Business Accountants in Miami here is my Christmas shopping list of things I don’t want to see in my stocking or on a return.

5. Gambling loss deductions tend to catch the eye of the IRS and bring audit notices. Many Americans will win some type of lottery, scratch off, slot machine bonus or prize and then take the advice of their friends and deduct everything they can as a gambling loss. The record-keeping rules are very strict for gambling losses, the deduction is not that good, and your audit risk increases as fast as the number of times you hear “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” on the radio after Thanksgiving.  As Accountants Miami my practical advice? Unless you have a detailed record of date, time, place and amount of each gambling activity, don’t even try this deduction on the first or last day of Christmas.

4. Using the wrong Small Business Accountants in Miami can actually bring you coal for Christmas! That’s right, some people get audited because their Tax Accountant in Miami got audited. The problem has become so bad that last year the IRS stepped in and set up licensing and continuing education requirements for Accountants Miami and Tax Accountant in Miami. The agency reported that more than 100,000 preparers (out of an estimated 730,000) still did not get licensed. Avoid this problem by asking to see your Accounting in Miami preparer’s license. Your Accountants Miami should be either a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), an EA (IRS Enrolled Agent) or, after the first of 2012, one of the new entry-level licensees called RTP (Small Business Accountants in Miami Registered Tax Preparer). Ask them what Accounting in Miami classes they attended last year; as a minimum, every one of the above folks has to attend at least two days of updates every year.

3. The Grinch at the Treasury Department publishes average tax deductions, and right now the most recent numbers are from 2009. I have always believed that exceeding the averages by more than 25% triggers the partridge flying down on you from the IRS pear tree. Here are those numbers for comparison compiled by our Tax Accountant in Miami firm:

 

Adjusted Gross Income

Taxable Income

Interest Expense

Taxes Paid Deduction

Charity

Medical Expenses Deducted

Total Itemized Deductions

Under $15,000 $2,739 $8,838 $3,337 $1,496 $8,414 $16,164
$15,000-$29,999 $9,279 $8,434 $3,184 $2,048 $7,783 $15,608
$30,000-$49,999 $24,428 $8,699 $3,943 $2,274 $7,028 $16,404
$50,000-$99,999 $46,401 $10,133 $6,247 $2,775 $7,269 $20,350
$100,000-$199,999 $97,042 $13,456 $11,069 $3,888 $9,269 $28,952
$200,000-$249,000 $171,938 $17,572 $18,524 $5,974 $21,599 $41,595
$250,000 & above $555,769 $25,527 $48,317 $18,488 $38,149 $89,432

2. Losses from small businesses and unreported income are as annoying to the IRS as massive lines at the check-out at every retailer. These things just grate on the IRS nerves because they are often not truly businesses and can even represent an obvious tax cheating scheme, according to VieraCPA Accountants Miami.

1. High levels of income can increase the risk of an IRS audit. Data shows that Americans with more than $100,000 of income are nearly twice as likely to be audited as those with $50,000-$100,000 of annual income. If you have really obtained the five golden rings of income, once you hit $200,000 your audit chances double again, and if you somehow hit the Miracle on 34th Street with earnings of more than $1,000,000 your audit risk doubles again according to Accounting in Miami CPA Viera.

There are many deductions that are allowed on your tax return, but good tax planning can avoid being Audited and problems they bring from the IRS.

About the Author

Gustavo VieraGustavo A Viera is the managing partner of Gustavo A Viera, PA. His experience spans more than 25 years. He started his career in public accounting at PriceWaterHouseCoopers where reached the level senior audit manager. His Fortune 500 experience includes positions as CFO - Latin America Region for both Hewlett Packard and Telefonica of Spain. Gustavo also writes a blog twice a week that addresses trending accounting and tax issues. He is an SBA Advisor and teaches workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. His office is located at One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at 786-250-4450.View all posts by Gustavo Viera →