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Majority Of Americans Against Cheating On Taxes

Majority Of Americans Against Cheating On 2013 Taxes

Each year as tax time rolls around we are forced to take a hard look at our financial records and situations.  Some of us are happy at this time of year as we know we will be receiving a refund from the Internal Revenue Service.  Others are not as happy as they know they will owe the IRS money.  With the IRS only auditing a mere one percent of all individual tax returns each year, it can be tempting to cheat on your taxes in an effort to not owe as much money to the federal government or to receive more money back.

Cheating On 2013 Taxes

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If your own ethics and morals do not stop you from cheating on your tax return, perhaps a little peer pressure will.  A recent random telephone poll conducted by the IRS Oversight board shows that 87 percent of American adults feel that is it never okay to cheat on your taxes.  Most respondents felt that personal integrity was their number one reason for being honest and not cheating on their taxes.  Only 11 percent of respondents felt it was okay to cheat a little bit or sometimes on 2013 taxes.  As the same tax laws apply to all Americans, most Americans feel we all need to play by the rules.

Even if you intentionally choose not to cheat on your 2013 taxes, sometimes errors and omissions do occur.  Sometimes the unintentional errors and omissions benefit you, and sometimes they benefit the IRS.  Using a tax program, such as TurboTax, on your 2013 taxes can maximize the accuracy of your tax return.  Computer tax programs that you can use in the convenience of your own home and on your own time schedule are less expensive and more convenient than hiring an accountant to do your taxes.  Computer tax programs like TurboTax walk you through everything you need to know and consider when doing your 2013 taxes.  Using TurboTax can potentially even help increase the amount of your tax refund.  Increasing the accuracy of your tax return can also reduce the chances that you will be audited.

Tax Return Processing Begins Late

2013 Tax Return Processing

IRS, formally known as the Internal Revenue Service, announced the 2013 filing season will open on January 30.  Individual income tax returns will not be reviewed until this date.

The IRS previously planned on allowing individuals to take part in electronic filing eight days earlier, on January 22.  The US congress approved new tax laws which in turn has delayed the start date for filing.  The new tax laws are due to the fact the US has been faced with great financial difficulties.  ATRA, an abbreviation for the American Taxpayer Relief Act, is the bill that was formed and agreed upon between the president and House of Representatives republicans.

2013 Tax Return Processing Begins Late

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The IRS is busy updating tax forms and “completing programming and testing of its processing systems.”  The update and intended improvements should allow the majority of US tax payers to file their tax returns starting January 30.  Some individuals will need additional forms pertaining to business credits, energy credit claims, and property depreciation when filing.  People who need to file regarding these issues can do so in late February or early March.

Steven Miller, commissioner of the IRS has expressed the IRS has worked hard to start tax season as soon as possible.  He continued to say the January 30 date allows ample time for IRS to update their own processing systems. The IRS also made it clear that tax payers who file electronically receive refunds quicker than those who mail in paper forms.