Audit RED FLAGS: 12 Ways to Prevent Uncle Sam From Showing Up at Your Door

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9. Don’t falsely claim dependents

Another frequent problem Uncle Sam faces is tax filers claiming dependents on their tax return who were actually claimed on another tax return. *WHAT?! Yes, you read that right.

A director working for the National Tax Office of CBIZ MHM in Atlanta, Nathan Smith, says that one of the most common ‘errors’ made by tax filers is claiming an exemption for a dependent on a parent’s tax return.

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Basically, doing the same thing on different returns. We all love exemptions, but you can benefit from the same one twice in the same year. Avoid this type of mistake if you don’t want the taxman knocking on your door.

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