CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif., April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TaxAudit.com, the IRS audit defense specialists, today announced the findings from their second annual IRS Audit Report which reveals the states with the highest chance of a tax audit. The study examined 1.5 million U.S. tax returns for the 2014 tax year.
The findings reveal Vermont and California taxpayers had a higher chance of an IRS audit than taxpayers in any other states, while Hawaii and New York had the highest chance of an audit of their 2014 state tax return. Taxpayers in Oklahoma were the least likely to be audited by the IRS while taxpayers in Texas were the least likely to be audited by the state.
Rankings are based on the percentage of 2014 TaxAudit.com Audit Defense users that were audited in 2015.
States with the highest likelihood of an IRS audit
- New York
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
States with the highest likelihood of a state audit
- New York
- New Jersey
- District of Columbia
"We all know that anyone in any state can be audited at any time, even if your tax return is 100 percent accurate. Last year the state of California was the most likely state for an IRS audit, while this year Vermont takes the lead. Regardless of where you live, taxpayers can avoid some of the red flags that could prompt an audit," said Dave Du Val, VP of Customer Advocacy at TaxAudit.com. "Be vigilant about checking that everything on your tax return is correct. Report all of your income, compare your return with the one from the year before, verify e-filing, double check your deductions. Stay ahead of the game by keeping accurate records all year long so you are prepared for next year."
TaxAudit.com is the largest and fastest-growing audit defense service in the country for taxpaying individuals, small businesses and tax preparers, with over 6 million members and 25,000 audits handled and resolved each year.
TaxAudit.com offers IRS audit representation and defends taxpayers from the moment they receive an audit notice through to the best possible resolution. TaxAudit.com members receive expert tax representation and relief from the nightmare of being audited ─ at a price point any taxpayer can afford.
TaxAudit.com is headquartered in Citrus Heights, CA.
About the Findings
Data was gathered from 1.5 million 2014 TaxAudit.com Audit Defense users who saw audits in 2015 of their 2014 tax return. Rankings are calculated as a percentage of users in each state.