Tax tips to keep you in good standing with the tax man

You might consider it your worst nightmare: it's tax time and you just got a letter from Uncle Sam to go over your numbers.

Whether you're facing an audit or just want to avoid one, here are some tax tips to keep you in good standing with the tax man.

First, check your arithmetic.

Few audits are caused by math mistakes, but too many errors over a long period of time could trigger an investigation.

Second, arrange your finances so they don't stand out.

That means, if you're self employed or get your income in cash, stay organized because experts say you're more likely to attract the tax man.