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United Nations — Paul Bonnallie — Support The Millennium Development Goals

At the Mil­len­nium Sum­mit in Sep­tem­ber 2000 the largest gath­er­ing of world lead­ers in his­tory adopted the UN Mil­len­nium Dec­la­ra­tion, com­mit­ting their nations to a new global part­ner­ship to reduce extreme poverty and set­ting out a series of time-bound tar­gets, with a dead­line of 2015, that have become known as the Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals.

The Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals (MDGs) are the world’s time-bound and quan­ti­fied tar­gets for address­ing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, dis­ease, lack of ade­quate shel­ter, and exclusion-while pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity, edu­ca­tion, and envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. They are also basic human rights-the rights of each per­son on the planet to health, edu­ca­tion, shel­ter, and security.

Goal 1: Erad­i­cate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Goal 2: Achieve Uni­ver­sal Pri­mary Edu­ca­tion
Goal 3: Pro­mote Gen­der Equal­ity and Empower Women
Goal 4: Reduce Child Mor­tal­ity
Goal 5: Improve Mater­nal Health
Goal 6: Com­bat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other dis­eases
Goal 7: Ensure Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity
Goal 8: Develop a Global Part­ner­ship for Development

The world has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in achiev­ing many of the Goals. Between 1990 and 2002 aver­age over­all incomes increased by approx­i­mately 21 per­cent. The num­ber of peo­ple in extreme poverty declined by an esti­mated 130 mil­lion 1. Child mor­tal­ity rates fell from 103 deaths per 1,000 live births a year to 88. Life expectancy rose from 63 years to nearly 65 years. An addi­tional 8 per­cent of the devel­op­ing world’s peo­ple received access to water. And an addi­tional 15 per­cent acquired access to improved san­i­ta­tion services.

But progress has been far from uni­form across the world-or across the Goals. There are huge dis­par­i­ties across and within coun­tries. Within coun­tries, poverty is great­est for rural areas, though urban poverty is also exten­sive, grow­ing, and under reported by tra­di­tional indicators.

Paul Bon­nal­lie urges indi­vid­ual and cor­po­rate sup­port of The Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals. Please do what you can to achieve this objective.

Ride the Wave, not the Bleeding Edge”

Mr. Paul Bon­nal­lie is known to be a mod­ern day “Rain Maker” pro­pelling busi­ness onto the inter­net and launch­ing aggres­sive mar­ket­ing cam­paigns and lever­ag­ing ecom­merce plat­forms. His unique abil­ity to under­stand and use both new and tra­di­tional tech­nolo­gies while main­tain­ing the motto “Ride the Wave, not the Bleed­ing Edge” brings an invalu­able asset to any orga­ni­za­tion and its goal to use the best tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide the best qual­ity prod­uct at the best price. He is con­sis­tently involved in shap­ing strate­gic direc­tion; and oper­ates with a straight­for­ward, result ori­ented man­age­ment style, which is backed with a phi­los­o­phy of “influ­ence with integrity”. These strong facets are fur­ther com­ple­mented by his uncom­pro­mis­ing stan­dard of excellence.”

Paul Bonnallie — Coaches Christian Outreach Economic Education

Paul Bon­nal­lie is a coach who guides pro­fes­sion­als, entre­pre­neurs and small busi­ness own­ers to enjoy pro­fes­sional suc­cess and a ful­fill­ing per­sonal life.  Clients report that they are bet­ter able to effect change and accom­plish goals.

Suc­cess Archi­tects has started an edu­ca­tional and train­ing com­mu­nity that ben­e­fits the indi­vid­ual efforts of mem­bers and non-members to empower and enhance their abil­ity to suc­ceed in today’s econ­omy.  The train­ing is free and is the cat­a­lyst that enhances the pro­gram giv­ing par­tic­i­pants under­stand­ing to be suc­cess­ful in the direct sell­ing industry.

The Ever­last­ing Covenant Chris­t­ian Cen­ter has expanded its out­reach min­istries to include an eco­nomic edu­ca­tion pro­gram to its cur­rent com­mu­nity based out­reach ser­vices.  Paul has given pre­sen­ta­tions and speeches to cor­po­ra­tions at all lev­els from CEO/Chairman on down to col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and high schools all the across the United States dur­ing the last 20 years.  His years of busi­ness expe­ri­ence and inter­na­tional travel make his insights are invalu­able.  Paul Bon­nal­lie is a trainer and speaker who offers street smarts, real world busi­ness expe­ri­ence with a straight talk­ing approach to solv­ing problems.

The great­est men­tal achieve­ment is suc­ceed­ing under your own power; know­ing that it wasn’t handed to you. Paul Bon­nal­lie is a self con­fi­dent and extrav­a­gant busi­ness­man that has made him­self instantly rec­og­niz­able wher­ever he goes.

Paul Bon­nal­lie says,  “I have made the tough deci­sions, always with an eye toward the bot­tom line”.  Paul has shifted many com­pa­nies focus away from the tra­di­tional trends and onto the new and cre­ative ener­gies that were grow­ing within the inter­net.  He har­nesses the cre­ativ­ity of the inter­net and brings his clients to the marketplace.

Paul’s expe­ri­ence with busi­ness gave him the strength and knowl­edge he needs to build clients mar­ket­ing cam­paigns to lever­age the power of the inter­net.  Through a cor­po­rate coach­ing pro­gram, He empow­ers exec­u­tives to achieve suc­cess that’s bal­anced and helps employ­ers cre­ate a more sup­port­ive work envi­ron­ment for their val­ued employees.

Bon­nal­lie says  “I’m excited about life — every day. I’m excited about what we can do in our rela­tion­ships, our careers, our busi­nesses, and how much fun we can have! And.…I’m grate­ful to be liv­ing a truly amaz­ing life.”

As a noted exec­u­tive coach, lead­er­ship con­sul­tant, Paul Bon­nal­lie engages smart, capa­ble, peo­ple in mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions about their per­sonal growth and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment.  Paul’s cus­tomized, coach­ing, men­tor­ing, and con­sult­ing are par­tic­u­larly well-suited for exec­u­tives and mid-level man­agers inter­ested in increas­ing their orga­ni­za­tional impact and influ­ence. Those look­ing to improve their con­fi­dence, cre­ativ­ity, charisma and work/life bal­ance, ben­e­fit from Paul Bon­nal­lie services.

Paul Bon­nal­lie is noted for being one of “The World’s Fore­most Author­i­ties on Mem­ber­ship Web­sites” and has helped pro­pel com­pa­nies to the Inc 500’s list of fasted grow­ing pri­vate com­pa­nies. He is highly acclaimed as a bril­liant inno­va­tor and marketer.

Rain Maker” Paul Bonnallie, Driven by Passionate Vision

Vision is defined as an .. Unusual com­pe­tence in dis­cern­ment or per­cep­tion; intel­li­gent fore­sight.  In the Book of Proverbs it is said, “Where there is no vision, the peo­ple per­ish.” This is as true in busi­ness as it is in life. Orga­ni­za­tions whose lead­ers have no vision are doomed to work under the bur­den of mere tradition.

A sense of vision grows out of a set of val­ues, expe­ri­ences, indi­vid­ual reflec­tions, and orga­ni­za­tional wis­dom and direc­tion. If we see how our work sup­ports and con­tributes to the larger vision, our work will seem more mean­ing­ful and can be more directed. For lead­ers, a vision is not a dream; it is a real­ity that has yet to come into exis­tence. Vision is pal­pa­ble to lead­ers; their con­fi­dence in and ded­i­ca­tion to vision are so strong they can devote long hours over many years to bring it into being. In this way, a vision acts as a force within, com­pelling a leader to action.

Lead­ers have vision. They share a dream and direc­tion that other peo­ple want to share and fol­low. The lead­er­ship vision goes beyond your writ­ten orga­ni­za­tional mis­sion state­ment and your vision state­ment. The vision of lead­er­ship per­me­ates the work­place and is man­i­fested in the actions, beliefs, val­ues and goals of your organization’s lead­ers.  Vision requires pas­sion;  com­pelled by, or ruled by intense emo­tion or strong feeling.

Deepak Chopra says,  “To have pas­sion, to have a dream, to have a pur­pose in life. And there are three com­po­nents to that pur­pose, one is to find out who you really are, to dis­cover God, the sec­ond is to serve other human beings, because we are here to do that and the third is to express your unique tal­ents and when you are express­ing your unique tal­ents you lose track of time.”

Vision is a topic which can often be over­looked, when set­ting goals. Cre­at­ing a vision is one of the best steps any goal set­ter can take.  It gives a leader pur­pose, and the power of the vision and the leader’s devo­tion to it work to inspire oth­ers– who, sens­ing pur­pose and com­mit­ment, respond.  The abstract, becomes con­crete details, as we can see a vision of life. Exactly how we want it to be. This can only hap­pen with a vision, and the vision is what will drive your life and actions.

When you cre­ate a vision, you auto­mat­i­cally feel pas­sion­ate about it. Over time, you will find that more and more parts become real­ity, and the only way to make that work is through visu­al­iza­tion and then a sys­tem of goal set­ting to get your plan of action ready.

As you set forth in life….  What are you pas­sion­ate about ??

 

Success Coach Paul Bonnallie, 3 Weeks to a Better You !

Now that we are into the new year.  It is time to check on the progress of our res­o­lu­tions.  Here are some excerpts I have found that can help you stay on track.

Bad habits are easy to make, but extremely hard to end.  Good habits, on the other hand, tend to take more time to make.  Sci­en­tists agree that the aver­age per­son needs at least 3 weeks to form a good habit.

Go for con­sis­tency rather than per­for­mance.   For exam­ple, if your goal is to do daily pushups, it’s bet­ter to start by doing one push up EVERY DAY for a month than by doing 20 pushups for two days and then giv­ing up. After you have done one pushup con­sis­tently for a num­ber of days, you have formed the habit. Now increase the num­ber of pushups grad­u­ally from there, all the while striv­ing to do some num­ber of pushups EVERY day.

It can be tough to muster up the moti­va­tion you need to change your lifestyle.   Pick up a good habit like exer­cis­ing or drop an unhealthy one like quit­ting smok­ing.   Using each Mon­day to recom­mit if you fall off track;  that way, you have 52 chances to get moti­vated to make a change in your life. Healthy Mon­day is a non-profit national pub­lic health cam­paign that encour­ages peo­ple to use Mon­day as the day for all things healthy.

Set your own goals, and reward your­self.   Write the goals down, and post them all around. In your kitchen, bed­room, office, even the bath­room if nec­es­sary.   Once you’ve met those goals, treat your­self to a movie or a pizza. As long as the treat isn’t any­thing you’re try­ing to quit.

To form a habit all you need to do is repeat the activ­ity. With enough rep­e­ti­tions it becomes a habit. A habit can be formed in as lit­tle as 10 days, depend­ing on the amount of rep­e­ti­tion. The more you do it after the habit is formed, the more rein­force­ment you give to that habit and the stronger it becomes.

You can make the process eas­ier if the habit activ­ity has some good rewards asso­ci­ated to it.   A good work out is often rewarded with endor­phins; a good study ses­sion gets you a bet­ter grade. But the reward does not make it a habit.   That comes with rep­e­ti­tion and the neu­ro­log­i­cal pathway.

Per­form the habit activ­ity over a 2 to 4 weeks.  Two weeks should estab­lish the habit and an addi­tional two weeks will pro­vide good rein­force­ment strength.   Ensure you repeat the habit activ­ity at least 3 times a week, daily is bet­ter. Make sure there are no dis­rup­tions from the sched­ule.   After the habit is formed, you can skip a ses­sion, take a break for vaca­tion, or even stop the activ­ity for years and it will still eas­ily come back to you upon request.

The def­i­n­i­tion of igno­rance is doing the same thing repeat­edly and antic­i­pat­ing a dif­fer­ent result.  Remem­ber it takes at least 3 weeks to form a good habit.

Success Mentor Paul Bonnallie: Action Steps to Accomplish Your Goals

There are three kinds of people:

1.   Those that make things happen.

2.   Those that watch what hap­pens and,

3.   Those that won­der, what happened?

If you want to be a part of some­thing big that is hap­pen­ing you have to take action.  This arti­cle defines step by step instruc­tions to help you for­mu­late your goals and develop a plan which will help you achieve them.  Excerpts below taken from www.virtualassit.net

1.    Write them down. How many dreams lie dor­mant or dead because we don’t write them down? How many peo­ple in later life regret that they didn’t fol­low their youth­ful dreams? You don’t have to turn all your dreams into firm goals, but write them down any­way. What you might think is impos­si­ble now, may well become pos­si­ble at a later time. It can be very effec­tive to keep a goal jour­nal in which you not only keep your list of goals but all your plan­ning, lessons learned and any­thing else per­tain­ing to them.

2.    Make a firm deci­sion to pur­sue or for­get goals on your list. All goals have their pos­si­bil­i­ties and their obsta­cles. One of the cri­te­ria for suc­cess­ful goal achieve­ment is that your goals should be real­is­tic. It can be help­ful to write a list of pros and cons regard­ing each goal so that you can deter­mine which ones are worth pur­su­ing and those that are not. If a goal has too many cons you may choose to for­get it com­pletely or trans­fer it to another list to be recon­sid­ered some time in the future.

3.    How do you feel about the goals on your list? Once you have nar­rowed down your list, you need to be hon­est about how you really feel about each of the goals. It can be help­ful to actu­ally write these feel­ings down on paper so you can think about them care­fully. Some­times, the time is not right for some goals because of your life cir­cum­stances. For exam­ple, if you have small chil­dren to care for you may feel over­whelmed at the idea of start­ing a law degree. Per­haps this goal can be moved to a future list. Alter­na­tively, you decide to set a lesser goal to work as a para­le­gal in the meantime.

4.    Cre­ate a real­is­tic plan to achieve your goals. Do this for every goal on your list whether or not you intend to start work­ing towards it imme­di­ately. If you take the time to cre­ate a step by step plan to achieve a goal, when you are ready to begin work­ing towards it you will already have a plan to fol­low. This works well for both short and long term goals. Some­times the ini­tial steps towards one goal are the same as for another. When this hap­pens it is easy to work towards two goals at the same time.

Tip: If you are new to goal set­ting, it is a good idea to focus on one or two goals ini­tially and leave the oth­ers on your list for later.

5.    Chunk it down. A large goal can be so daunt­ing we don’t even want to begin. Our plan should be chun­ked down into ‘bite size’ pieces so we can han­dle them. Not every­thing has to be done at once. Tak­ing smaller steps and cre­at­ing mile­stones for the achieve­ment of your goal, breaks it down into smaller goals which are more eas­ily achieved. As each step is taken and each mile­stone reached, you will be mov­ing closer and closer to the achieve­ment of your goal.

6.    Get Started. The most impor­tant part is over. You have estab­lished a plan that makes achiev­ing your dream easy. Now you just have to take one step at a time and keep mov­ing forward.

It’s easy to take action to achieve a goal if you work through these action steps. By decid­ing on the best goals to pur­sue, cre­at­ing a work­able and real­is­tic action plan, and then fol­low­ing through on it, you will be able to move con­fi­dently towards your dreams. You now have a direc­tion and the roadmap to get there. Sim­ply cross the steps off your list as you achieve them and you’ll accom­plish your goal before you know it.  (Full arti­cle can be viewed on www.virtualassit.net)

 

Consumer Advocate Paul Bonnallie Integrity Income Tax Filing

Here is a great arti­cle I found on aol.com that pro­vides the 10 ten ways to avoid a tax audit,  Best method is to be accu­rate and hon­est..  Paul
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“Wor­ried about an IRS audit? Avoid what’s called a red flag. That’s some­thing the IRS always looks for. For exam­ple, say you have some money left in your bank account after pay­ing taxes. That’s a red flag.

Jay Leno

While Leno might not have it exactly right, he is on to some­thing: The IRS does look for red flags when select­ing a return for audit. Their method­ol­ogy, how­ever, is a lit­tle more sophis­ti­cated than what the come­dian sug­gests. While there’s no fool­proof way to escape an audit, here are some tips for keep­ing your return from being flagged:

1. Be good at math. The IRS con­tin­u­ally cites bad math as one of the top errors on tax returns. Mak­ing math mis­takes on your tax return will get you noticed — and not in a good way. While the IRS will gen­er­ally just cor­rect your mis­take and send you a bill, too many math errors might indi­cate a level of care­less­ness that causes your return to be flagged. So, use cau­tion when prepar­ing your return. Copy num­bers onto forms or input into soft­ware care­fully — and dou­ble check those num­bers when you’re done. Check for trans­po­si­tion errors, as well as addi­tion and sub­trac­tion. Don’t have a false sense of secu­rity when using a soft­ware pack­age. Your tax prep soft­ware can’t tell when you’ve made a mis­take before enter­ing your data.

2. Don’t be too rich. Sta­tis­ti­cally, you’re about six times more likely to be audited if you report over $1 mil­lion in income than if you report income of less than $200,000. You’re about three times more likely to be audited if you report between $200,000 and $1,000,000 than if you report income of less than $200,000.

Does the IRS have it out for the rich? Not nec­es­sar­ily. Those who make more money tend to take advan­tage of more item­ized deduc­tions, such as char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions, which attract the atten­tion of the IRS. Fil­ing a Sched­ule A with sig­nif­i­cant char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions or mis­cel­la­neous expenses may trig­ger an examination.

It’s also highly likely that many higher income tax­pay­ers are small busi­ness own­ers. Sta­tis­ti­cally, tax­pay­ers who file a Sched­ule C are two to four times more likely to be audited. Many tax pro­fes­sion­als rec­om­mend that tax­pay­ers who are col­lect­ing sub­stan­tial income from a small busi­ness con­sider incor­po­rat­ing in order to avoid fil­ing a Sched­ule C that attracts attention.

3. Don’t be too poor. While the upper class is gen­er­ally the tar­get of most audits, the other end of the spec­trum isn’t spared. When exam­in­ing returns, the IRS is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in errors related to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refund­able credit that may only be claimed by lower income tax­pay­ers. In 1999, the IRS reported $8.5 bil­lion and $9.9 bil­lion in over-payments related to the EITC. The error rate is about 30%, nearly three times higher than with other social programs.

Despite ini­tia­tives put in place to stamp out EITC errors and fraud, as recently as 2002, the IRS reported that it had issued math error notices on more than 1 mil­lion returns claim­ing $729 mil­lion in EITC. Com­mon mis­takes included amounts that were fig­ured or entered incor­rectly; miss­ing or incor­rect tax­payer ID num­bers for qual­i­fied chil­dren; fail­ure to report income; and depen­dent chil­dren who were inel­i­gi­ble for pur­poses of the credit.

If you qual­ify for the EITC, pay atten­tion to the fine print. Report all your income; check and dou­ble check your math (see num­ber one above).

4. Live within your means. Even if you’re not too rich or too poor, make sure your tax return accu­rately reflects your eco­nomic real­ity. It doesn’t make sense for you to report $30,000 in char­i­ta­ble dona­tions on a $45,000 salary — or home mort­gage inter­est deduc­tions of $10,000 for your $15,000 job. Think about the pic­ture you’re paint­ing on your return: Does it make sense?

The IRS has a data­base, of sorts, of what it thinks it takes to sur­vive based on where you live and the num­ber of depen­dents you report. If your num­bers are wildly dif­fer­ent from those norms, it will ques­tion whether you are under report­ing income or over report­ing deduc­tions. Just ask Rachel Por­caro, the Seat­tle mother of two boys, who was flagged for audit because the IRS did not under­stand how she could sup­port her fam­ily on her salary.

The bot­tom line when it comes to report­ing income and expenses: Your tax return shouldn’t raise more ques­tions than it answers.

5. Don’t lose money. I’ve already alluded to the fact that fil­ing a Sched­ule C may increase your risk of audit. This is because, accord­ing to a recent Gov­ern­ment Account­abil­ity Office report, the IRS esti­mates that as many of 70% of tax­pay­ers who report net losses on a Sched­ule C have arti­fi­cially inflated expenses to cre­ate losses.

The IRS under­stands you will have years that are good and years that are not so good. But it likes to think you’re in busi­ness to make a profit, even if you don’t every sin­gle year. If, how­ever, you’re report­ing losses on your Sched­ule C every year (espe­cially for three or more years in a row), the IRS might ques­tion how you’re man­ag­ing to get by. Expect the agency to ask.

6. Remem­ber that you’re mar­ried (or not). Your mar­i­tal sta­tus is deter­mined as of Decem­ber 31, 2009. It doesn’t mat­ter if you just got mar­ried (or divorced) on Decem­ber 31 or if you’ve been mar­ried (or divorced) for the entire year. You may not file as sin­gle if you are still mar­ried — even if you are liv­ing apart from your spouse. And you may not file as mar­ried fil­ing jointly with­out the con­sent of your spouse. Don’t file using the wrong mar­i­tal sta­tus, and don’t file with­out the proper num­ber of sig­na­tures — although it feels obvi­ous, a joint return should have two sig­na­tures. Your spouse may for­give you if you for­get that you’re mar­ried, but the IRS won’t.

7. Don’t claim the wrong num­ber of depen­dents and exemp­tions. You may claim a per­son as a depen­dent only if that per­son meets the legal def­i­n­i­tion of a depen­dent. Don’t claim your cousin down the street just because you may send him or her a few dol­lars from time to time. If you’re not sure who might qual­ify as a depen­dent, check out this prior post.

Adding or remov­ing depen­dents from year to year with­out expla­na­tion could cause you to land on the IRS’ radar screen. Sim­i­larly, claim­ing the same depen­dent as another tax­payer (which hap­pens from time to time in the case of a divorce) may raise ques­tions or cause your claims related to a depen­dent to be rejected, as will report­ing the wrong Social Secu­rity num­ber. If your depen­dent doesn’t have a Social Secu­rity num­ber but oth­er­wise qual­i­fies as your depen­dent, you’ll need to get an ITIN for tax pur­poses.

8. Report all income. If you’ve ever used a soft­ware pack­age to pre­pare your tax return, you should have noticed that the pro­gram con­stantly reminds you to enter the infor­ma­tion on forms 1099, W-2, and the like exactly as it appears on the form. It’s not just an annoy­ing com­puter gen­er­ated mes­sage — there’s a method to their mad­ness. The IRS makes every effort to match nearly 100% of the forms sub­mit­ted to them by employ­ers and other orga­ni­za­tions. Finan­cial infor­ma­tion reported by banks, bro­ker­age houses, and other finan­cial insti­tu­tions are matched about 96% of the time. This makes your indi­vid­ual mar­gin for error incred­i­bly small. Take the time to col­lect all the forms sent to you by employ­ers, banks and other orga­ni­za­tions. If you fail to receive a form, fol­low up — ask your employer where your form W-2 is, just in case it got lost in the mail. You don’t want to over­look income that should have been reported on your return, espe­cially when the IRS is so dili­gent about check­ing this one.

9. Learn to type. It may sound silly, but hand­writ­ing your return may slow down pro­cess­ing and result in a mis­take that attracts the atten­tion of the IRS. If the IRS can­not read your return, the return may be rejected. The IRS encour­ages you to e-file for just this rea­son; it claims the error rate on e-filed returns is reduced to 1% as com­pared to nearly 20% on a paper return. This, in the IRS’ own words, “means a decreased like­li­hood of hear­ing from the IRS.”

10. Be nor­mal. You may have noticed a trend with respect to these tips: The IRS doesn’t like returns that are dif­fer­ent. In fact, it likes norms so much that it has a com­puter pro­gram to make sure you fit them. The pro­gram is called the Dis­crim­i­nant Inven­tory Func­tion Sys­tem (DIF), and it assigns a numeric score to each indi­vid­ual tax return after it’s been processed. If your score varies wildly from the norm, chances are, you’ll be flagged.

The bot­tom line: Be smart. But don’t cheat your­self, either. Don’t let a fear of being audited dis­cour­age you from report­ing unusual losses or sig­nif­i­cant item­ized deduc­tions that you may be enti­tled to. Just be sure to keep good records to sub­stan­ti­ate those items.

It is true that your chances of being audited are increas­ing. As the num­bers of audits go up, take steps to pro­tect your­self. Don’t be greedy, keep good records, and check (and double-check) your return. The fewer rea­sons you give the IRS to take a sec­ond look at your return, the better.