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The name and location of expense
Date and time
Company expense was incurred for
If an entertainment or food expense: person you entertained or dined
If an entertainment or food expense: discussion you had
2. Where You Live Vs. Your Income
If you live in a very high-income area, but you only claimed that you earned $15,000 that year, this is a red flag for an audit. The IRS will want to know how you spread $15,000 out to pay all your bills. Unless you live with your mother who pays mortgage or rent, there's no way that you could survive in Aspen on this income... and IRS knows it!
Also, if your income is much lower than last year's taxable income, this IRS will wonder where you're hiding money, and will want to investigate.
3. Avoid Inconsistencies
If there are inconsistencies, IRS will catch them. Be sure to file same information on your federal taxes that you filed on your state returns.
4. Don't Make Mathematical Mistakes
If IRS's computer system catches mathematical mistakes on your forms, a person will take a look at your returns personally. This is more attention than anyone wants spent on their tax forms, so make sure your math is correct before you file.
5. File a Neat Return
I recommend typing up or "efiling" your returns. If your returns are hard to read, you might have to translate your returns over phone or in person.
6. Report All Your Income
It sounds like common sense, but some people are tempted to be dishonest. Your clients must issue you and IRS a 1099 when you are paid over $600. This means that government knows what you were paid on each job. Report right amount on your taxes to avoid an audit.
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