Does Filing Income Tax Late Increase the Chances of an Audit?

by Neil Kokemuller
Uncertainty about your tax return may prompt you to file an extension.

Many taxpayers fear that filing income taxes after the standard April 15 deadline increases the risks of being audited. This assumption is myth, not fact, according to an October 2009 article in "Daily Finance." If you are self-employed, have multiple types of income or earn relatively high income, you might opt for an extension to ensure a proper and accurate return. Young adults completing their first return alone might want to be especially cautious.

More Audit Considerations

The more common reasons for audit concerns are discrepancies between your W-2s and 1099s and your reported income, excessive business expense claims and other unusual data that alert the IRS' computers. Filing an extension gives you until October to complete necessary tax paperwork. Even if you do file after April 15, you should pay estimated tax due by the April deadline to avoid penalty and interest charges.

About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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