The IRS and the April Surprise
(10 Mar 2015) Criminal prosecutions by the IRS appear to be timed to coincide with tax season, according to an analysis of the latest government case-by-case data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Year after year, April consistently has the greatest number of prosecutions as a result of IRS criminal investigations, two-thirds or more higher than the number seen in January.

For all of fiscal year 2014, there were 1,689 IRS prosecutions, a drop of 16 percent from the prior fiscal year.

Among U.S. federal judicial districts, the Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery) registered the highest per capita rate of IRS prosecutions with 27 per million people as compared with 5.4 prosecutions per million nationally in FY 2014. Second was the Southern District of Alabama (Mobile) with 26 per million, followed by the Southern District of Mississippi with 19 per million.

For more details, including a timeline of prosecutions, top lead charges and top ten district rankings, see the report at:
In addition to this report on the IRS, TRAC continues to offer free monthly reports on selected government agencies such as the FBI, ATF and DHS. TRAC's reports also monitor program categories such as immigration, drugs, weapons, white collar crime and terrorism. For the latest information on prosecutions and convictions through January 2015, go to:
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