The IRS may be more likely to audit you if your income seems abnormally high or low, if you have claimed many deductions or if there are disparities between your state and federal tax returns, writes J.D. Roth. You can help to protect yourself by being honest and using tax software or getting professional help. "But even if you have a pro prepare your return, review it for obvious errors, because nobody cares more about your money than you do," he writes.

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