Burden of Proof-Is On YOU, The Taxpayer:
The responsibility to prove every item on the tax return you file is known as the burden of proof.
It is important to understand that, even if you have someone else prepare and file your tax return, YOU, the taxpayer are still responsible.
Again, the burden of proof rests with you, not the your tax preparer.
That's why you should review every item on your tax return BEFORE you file it with the IRS, especially if you use a paid tax preparer.
You must be able to prove (document and substantiate) with proper (accurate and complete) records should the IRS question any item on your tax return.
If you are unable to do so, the IRS could disallow all or part of any deduction or tax credit which you claimed. This in turn could result in you owing additional taxes (or getting a smaller refund), and be subject to various IRS penalties and interest.
Different types of deductions and tax credits require certain types of records. Be sure you keep accurate and complete records, along with proof of payment, when paid, and how paid.
Documentary evidence such as:
For expenses: Bills, Invoices, and Receipts; Written records such as a calendar, diary, log, trip sheet, or similiar records.
For proof of payment: Bank, Credit Card, and Electronic Statements, Cancelled Checks, and Payroll Stubs.
With accurate and complete records you will increase your chance of a favorable outcome in case of an IRS audit.
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