21 Feb IRS Targets – Don’t Be One.
In 2013, the IRS will focus the significant majority of their enforcement budget and subsequent activity in my opinion on three specific areas:
1. Abusive transactions and under reported income on partnership returns (IRS Form 1065).
2. Officer compensation as well as losses taken in excess of basis in Sub-chapter S Corporations (IRS Form 1120-S).
3. Under reported income via Automated Under Reporter Inventory Strategy Database (AUR-ISD)
In 2012, the IRS started a business information-matching program and a Form 1099-K matching program. The IRS sent new notices in late 2012 questioning businesses on the accuracy of their returns, based on information statements filed under business employer identification numbers (EINs). The IRS also matched Forms 1099-K to business returns and sent inquiries to taxpayers with potential discrepancies, requesting explanations for possible unreported income. I have been informed by reliable sources inside the Service that in 2013, the IRS will expand this effort to address small business under reporting vastly beyond its reaches in 2012.