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The chances of an audit are low, but don’t relax just yet

In the past few years, the Internal Revenue Service has had several setbacks. With budget cuts and the resulting layoffs, the tax collection agency is somewhat understaffed. With fewer personnel on hand, the IRS is not able to audit as many tax returns as it could in previous years. This is good news for many taxpayers: Your chance of being audited is fairly low.

How will an easement affect your property rights?

Texas property owners have the right to use their land and home as they see fit, but an easement could affect these rights to a certain extent. If you purchased a home only to learn about an easement connected with the property or you are considering a purchase of property with an easement, you need to know what that means. 

Last-minute tips for avoiding an audit

Contrary to popular belief, the likelihood of being selected for a tax audit is very rare. In fact, the likelihood of being audited has increased dramatically in the past few years. In 2010, American taxpayers had a 1 in 90 chance of being audited; in 2017, that chance has slipped to 1 in 160.

Beware rushing through your taxes—it could lead to an audit

The deadline for filing your 2017 tax return is only two weeks away—are you prepared? If the answer is “no,” you are not alone. As of March 23, the Internal Revenue Service has received only 85.6 million tax returns of its expected 155 million. Apparently, there are many million Americans who put off their taxes until the last minute.

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