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Yes, He's Out To Get You

Your chances of getting audited just doubled. The IRS plans to probe 2.13 of every 100 returns in 1995. twice its 1994 rate. Now, with years of records in its system, the IRS is working not only faster but smarter. How much do software salesmen spend on lunches? At the press of a button the agency knows. As the IRS selects its victims, some taxpayers are going to be more equal than others. Here's what draws special scrutiny:The IRS's computer finds items on your 1040 that don't fit. If you...

Feast Of The S&L Vultures

Okay S&L scandal watchers, here's a quick quiz that should make you even angrier about the thrift crisis:Question: Silverado Banking, Savings and Loan Association--the failed Colorado thrift that was connected with Neil Bush, the president's son--collapsed with a loss to taxpayers of $1 billion and vanished in 1988. Right?Answer: Wrong. Silverado will cost the taxpayers a bundle, all right. Yet instead of being closed, it was merged with another failed Colorado thrift, Columbia Savings, in...