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The Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2014

IRS Criminal Prosecutions Surge Under Obama
By Jacob Gershman

The number of people referred by the Internal Revenue Service for criminal prosecution has grown substantially during the Obama administration, a new report shows. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2013, the IRS has averaged about 3,500 criminal referrals a year, a 38.4% increase over the George W. Bush years, according to figures from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data gathering and research organization at Syracuse University. With more cases being sent their way from the IRS, the Justice Department is also prosecuting more people. The number of new IRS cases prosecuted last year was 2,010, 30.6% more than in 2012 and the most since 1997. The average annual number of criminal prosecutions since 2009 is about 20% higher compared to the two Bush terms.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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