A plain vanilla return is usually safer than one that stands out. But if you have deductions that are above average, it's OK to take them.
Identity theft used to steal refunds again tops the list of the most common wrongdoings perpetrated against taxpayers.
The IRS says it is nearly ready to accept returns with forms that required revision. But the date to start filing is still not set.
Most respondents say personal integrity keeps them honest, while 63% say they fear an audit. Nearly two-thirds of respondents think the IRS needs a bigger budget.
The agency is struggling to combat identity fraud and answer more questions with fewer employees. That doesn't work very well for taxpayers.
Taxpayers who use some schedules will have to wait until mid-February or March. So far, there is no reason to expect refunds to be delayed.
Waiting to take your required minimum distribution may come at a hefty price.
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