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As long as you're not stretching the facts, hiding something etc, there's little reason to fear an IRS audit. When you are filing, you are entitled to take every advanytage you can and are never required to overpay.>>>

I'm not worried about having to pay more in an audit. I just don't want to waste my precious retirement time proving things to the IRS. Also, remember that once they start an audit they feel compelled to produce enough extra revenue to justify their effort. Congressional testimony has documented the extremes they'll go to in that quest. Better to keep them off your back in the first place, but I agree, it shouldn't be done by paying more than you legally owe.

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