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IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

Six Republicans qualify in 10th Congressional District

Six Republicans qualify in 10th Congressional District

Six people, all Republicans, have qualified to run for the 10th Congressional District seat. That distirct includes Baldwin, Hancock, Washington and Johnson counties, and Paul Broun is vacating that seat to run for U.S. Senate.

The candidates in the 10th so far are:

Donna Sheldon, Monroe, business owner;

Garry Gerrard, Athens, attorney;

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After more than 80 years as the Georgia State Capitol's most prominent statue, the likeness of 19th century white supremacist politician and newspaperman Tom Watson was quietly removed the day after Thanksgiving.

That prompted some civil rights leaders to ask that it be replaced with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) even introduced a bill to make it happen.

Georgia College celebrates MLK Day with community service

Georgia College celebrates MLK Day with community service

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Georgia College is participating in a community-wide service project in the Baldwin County School System for the third year. 

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Milledgeville to Host Georgia Literary Festival

Milledgeville to Host Georgia Literary Festival

Milledgeville plays to the 2013 Georgia Literary Festival this November.

Keynote speakers include Milledgeville native Sean Hill, who is an author and a poet and Judson Mitcham, the Poet Laureate of Georgia.

That's this weekend from Nov. 8-10.

Hill currently is a professor in Alaska and Mitcham is Senior Lecturer at Mercer University.

Last year, the weekend-long festival ensued on Jekyll Island.

Read more details on the festival.

Economics Professor Earns National Recognition

Economics Professor Earns National Recognition

Dr. John Swinton, professor of economics at Georgia College, recently received the Henry Villard Research Award from the National Association of EconomicsEducators and The Council for Economic Education.

This award recognizes an individual whose leadership has had a positive impact in economic education research.

Pulitzer Prize Nominee to Speak at Governor's Mansion

Pulitzer Prize Nominee to Speak at Governor's Mansion

The Pulitzer-Prize nominated author from Alabama, Land O'Goshen, will speak at the Old Governor's Mansion.

He'll speak as part of the mansion's lecture series in Milledgeville Wednesday, October 23 at 6 p.m.

O'Goshen currently lives in Atlanta where he writes full-time and also offers "Power of Storytelling" workshops and serves as Paste Magazine's Books Editor.

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