Advisors – Tell Your Millionaire Clients to Prepare for Audits

Audits are coming. If you read in the middle of the night like me, you might have read a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) on the tax paid by the top 1% of households.

The top 1% of households failed to report 21% of their income with six points of that number due to strategies that were so sophisticated that even if that upper-income person’s tax return was randomly audited under the NRP audit, it didn’t detect them within six points of the 21%.


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The report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) contends that the government allows billions of dollars in tax revenue to “slip through its fingers” due to budget and staffing cuts. Consequently, the IRS was unable to audit the 637,212 millionaires living in the U.S effectively.
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In their working paper, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) seeks answers to the following questions: How much do high-income individuals evade in taxes? And what are the primary forms of tax noncompliance at the top of the income distribution?


Sharon Kreider, CPA, has helped more than 15,000 California tax preparers annually get ready for tax season. She also presents regularly for the AICPA, the California Society of Enrolled Agents, CCH Audio, and Western CPE. You’ll benefit from the detailed, hands-on tax knowledge Sharon will share with you—knowledge she gained through her extremely busy, high-income tax practice in Silicon Valley. With her dynamic presentation style, Sharon will demystify complex individual and business tax legislation. She’s a national lecturer for business and professional groups and consistently receives outstanding evaluations. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious AICPA 2014 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education.

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