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February 28, 2014

Tax Lawsuits Drop By 32% Since 2009, Study Finds
By Matthew Vilmer


Tax litigation in the U.S. is on the decline, according to research recently released by a Syracuse University data-gathering group that found the total number of tax lawsuits filed has plummeted by 32 percent since 2009. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization associated with the university, found district courts in California, Texas and Florida were the most active in tax matters in January, despite a 10 percent decline in total tax suits filed in the past year alone. The Central District of California with 8 civil filings was the most active through January, matching its top ranking in 2012 and 2009. The Western District of Texas, Northern District of California and Middle District of Florida were tied for second place with four filings each in January. And in the Southern District of California, tax lawsuit filings gained exponential steam over the past year, with a 200 percent growth trend in total filings since 2013. Compared to five years ago, the district with the largest growth was the Middle District of Florida, with a 300 percent gain in tax lawsuit filings. According to case-by-case information compiled and analyzed by TRAC, a total of 68 new tax lawsuits were filed in all U.S. jurisdictions in January. The U.S. government was the plaintiff in 72 percent of these suits.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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