You May Be At Greater Risk Of An IRS Audit

IRS Hires Extra Agents To Monitor Returns

This could be the year you a get a notice from Uncle Sam. Tax preparers tell 7News the chance of being audited by the IRS is greater than in years past.

This year, the odds of being audited are in the government’s favor. "Two to three times what we've seen in the past," said Doris Martinez, president of Taxpayer Defense in Denver.

Martinez worked for the IRS for seven years.

"The country's broke. The Department of Treasury has its marching orders. Go out there and make sure people are doing their tax returns correctly,” said Martinez.

Her suggestions are simple, but often overlooked.

"Trust me, the IRS is going to be better prepared,” said Martinez.

Martinez reminds you to include every income source. That includes stocks, even the ones that lost money this year.

If you're self-employed, make sure you report every expense, you'll be under scrutiny.

"Your tax return should be a reflection of what happened to you during the past year. This is going to be the story of your life,” said Martinez

Finally, you can pay to have someone double check your taxes. While the fees can vary, the prices should be set and should not fluctuate based upon your income.