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March 16, 2016

IRS Business Audits Plummet Due to Budget Cuts
By Michael Cohn


The Internal Revenue Serviceís audits of business tax returns have declined steeply in recent years, thanks to successive rounds of budget cuts, according to a new analysis. Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, analyzed the IRSís records from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015 and found revenue agent hours aimed at corporations with $250 million or more in assets have declined 34 percent, while unreported taxes uncovered by IRS that would otherwise have been lost to the government dropped 64 percent. The declines were even steeper for the largest corporations, those with $20 billion or more in assets. Even more recent data through February of 2016 indicate that business audits of large companies are running 22 percent lower this year than for the same period last year.


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