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April 21, 2012

Good News for Tax Cheats in N.M
By Thomas Cole

Tuesday was Tax Day, the deadline for filing your returns. To mark the occasion, let’s look at enforcement data for federal criminal tax laws in New Mexico. The data show the U.S. Justice Department doesn’t prosecute most New Mexico cases of alleged tax crime referred to it by the Internal Revenue Service. And the few cases that are prosecuted here take a long time to resolve. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque completed just two prosecutions in the 2011 federal fiscal year, and they took an average of 2,624 days — or more than seven years. That ranked the office No. 1 nationally in most prosecution time per case. The tax-law enforcement data come from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University in New York. Using the federal Freedom of Information Act, the clearinghouse obtains case information maintained by U.S. attorney’s offices around the country. It then makes data available to the public.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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