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Texas IRS audit helpVirtual currencies such as Bitcoin and Etherium have become very popular over the last several years, and many people invest in these cryptocurrencies, trade them with others, use them to purchase goods and services, or receive them as income. Because of this increase in financial activity, the IRS has begun to pay more attention to these types of transactions, and it has increased the number of tax audits of people who buy, sell, or exchange virtual currencies. Users of cryptocurrencies will want to understand their requirements for reporting transactions and paying taxes to ensure that they can avoid penalties from the IRS.

How the IRS Addresses Cryptocurrencies

Even though virtual currencies are often used to purchase goods and services, they are not treated the same as currency issued by the United States or another country. Instead, they are considered to be property, and cryptocurrency transactions are taxed the same as those involving other forms of property.

When a person sells virtual currency, transfers it to someone else, or exchanges it for goods or services, they will be required to recognize any gains or losses, and capital gains taxes may apply to these transactions. The gain or loss will be the difference between the amount received in exchange for the virtual currency and the person’s basis in the cryptocurrency. The basis is the amount that was originally spent to acquire the virtual currency, including any fees or commissions. The basis may be adjusted based on certain types of expenditures, deductions, or credits.

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Corpus Christi IRS audit representationRecently, President Joe Biden unveiled a proposal for an increased budget for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This proposal would increase the agency’s funding by $80 billion over the next 10 years, allowing the IRS to conduct more tax audits and focus on collecting taxes owed by high-income individuals and businesses.

President Biden and the IRS are looking to reduce the “tax gap,” or the difference between what taxpayers owe and what is actually collected by the IRS. The IRS’s commissioner recently stated that the tax gap is close to $1 trillion per year. This gap is due in part to a reduction in the audits performed by the IRS over the past decade. Since 2012, the number of millionaires in the United States has doubled, but audits of these taxpayers have decreased by 72%. The IRS has also reported that the top 1% of income earners fail to report 20% of their income, resulting in an annual loss of $175 billion in tax revenues.

Who Will Be Impacted by Tax Audits?

If Congress approves Biden’s proposal and increases the IRS’s budget, the agency will have more resources to focus on collecting taxes owed by wealthy individuals and high-earning businesses. Technological improvements will provide the IRS with better access to financial information, allowing it to identify offenders who use complex schemes to avoid paying taxes.

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The usual tax season will be wrapping up soon, but that does not mean that the IRS will not be bothering you. Depending on how your returns look now—and even in prior years—you might find yourself dealing with an IRS tax audit anytime this year. Especially these days with so many people preparing their taxes on their own through apps and other software services, it can be easy to think that you might have made some mistakes on your returns that could call attention to them, raising numerous red flags in the eyes of IRS agents. Here is what you need to know about these audits and how you can avoid them.

What to Know About Tax Audits and How to Avoid Them

When the IRS audits your taxes, they are reviewing your tax returns and financial records to verify their accuracy. They want to check to see if you somehow did not pay the full amount of taxes due to them or if you failed to provide all the necessary and honest information to give them an accurate return. Some important facts to know about the auditing process include:

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Filing and paying taxes can be a complex matter, and it is understandable that many people put this process off until it is absolutely necessary. For most individual taxpayers, April 15 is the deadline to file an annual tax return and pay any taxes that they owe. In some cases, taxpayers do not file a tax return because they are concerned about penalties for delinquent back taxes, or they may be worried about the possibility of a tax audit if they did not file one or more tax returns in previous years. If you have any unfiled tax returns, you should be sure to understand the potential penalties that may apply and your options for resolving these issues.

Failure-to-File Penalties

If you do not file your tax return on time, and your return shows that you owe money to the IRS, you will be required to pay a failure-to-file penalty in addition to the taxes you owe. While this penalty usually will not apply if you do not owe any money or if you are eligible for a tax refund, you will not be able to claim your refund until your tax return is filed, and you will not be able to receive a refund if a tax return is filed later than three years after its original due date.

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