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April 2, 2015

April Is the Cruelest Month—for Prosecuting Tax Fraud
By Suzanne Woolley

If it feels like you're seeing an inordinate number of stories about criminal tax prosecutions lately, expect to read even more soon. IRS prosecutions spike in April, possibly as a not-so-gentle reminder during filing season that there can be a big price to pay for tax evasion and tax fraud. Data analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University shows that in April, the number of criminal prosecutions coming from IRS investigations is consistently significantly higher than it is in January. The director of the TRAC Research Center, Susan Long, says the pattern isn't coincidence. It's also not because the IRS just found juicy cases to refer to prosecutors from the current tax season—the lead time is way longer than that. Says Long: "Back in 1973, we got IRS manuals, and they actually talked about coordinating [prosecutions] during tax season to make people think about their responsibility under the tax law." The IRS did not respond to a request for comment.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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