“Except for tax protestors, no one wants to fight with the Internal Revenue Service.  That’s why there’s such a mystique about avoiding an audit.  While what-triggers-an-audit theories abound, there are some basic things you can do to reduce your chances of being picked for an audit or at least to make any interactions with the IRS less traumatic.  My advice doesn’t come with a guarantee, but it’s better than a Ouija board.”