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April 8, 2013

Johnson's Take: The Tax Police Budget Shrinks
By David Cay Johnston

The number of criminal convictions for tax offenses has fallen by more than a third since 1992, from 1,847 to 1,210, even as the population has grown by 22 percent, official data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. That means the odds of being convicted of a tax crime in this country have been cut almost in half compared with 1992, the oldest year for which I could find TRAC data. That year the DOJ obtained 7.24 criminal convictions per 1 million Americans, compared with 394 convictions per 1 million in 2011.

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