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IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

Senator Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

Senator Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

By: Sen. Ross Tolleson (R- Perry)
Week 9 Column

It is that time of year again, the time of the year when Dublin is filled with visitors to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the end of the legislative session is near. The pace is continuing to move quickly as we completed the 38th day of the legislative session on Thursday, March 13th.  The 40th day, also referred to as Sine Die, will be on Thursday, March 20th, until then we will continue to pass legislation and work on the balanced budget late into the night.

Area unemployment rates fall

Area unemployment rates fall

Central Georgia's unemployment rate continues to dip, falling from 7.8 to 7.7 percent from December to January.

The rate has declined mostly because the amount of new layoffs decreased by 41 percent, according to a release.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.

Job openings in Central Georgia

Job openings in Central Georgia

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

We are continuing to move quickly in Atlanta as the Georgia General Assembly moved through day 19 of the legislative session.  This week, bills continued to move through the legislative process, the Senate took up the amended budget and multiple special guests made visits to the Capitol. 

On Monday President of the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber M.H. “Woody” Woodside and members of the Chamber visited the Capitol.  As the Jekyll Island bill continues to move through the legislative process, this group remains a contributor to the ongoing discussions regarding conservation.

Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

We started this week with the best of intentions of vetting bills and amending the budget, however, Mother Nature had other plans in mind.  As a result of the severe winter storm that hit portions of Georgia this week, the Georgia General Assembly did not convene as regularly scheduled. However, as required by state law, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle gaveled in at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday to complete days 12 and 13 of the session.

Throughout the hardships of this week, it was encouraging to see the outpouring of Southern hospitality and generosity demonstrated by Georgians across the state. Now that the snow has melted and things are getting back to normal here in Atlanta, the Georgia General Assembly resumed business on Friday, January 31 with the Senate gaveling in for Day 14 of the legislative session. The appropriations subcommittees will continue to meet in order to prepare the amended budget for a Senate floor vote next week.     

Job openings in Central Georgia

Job openings in Central Georgia

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.