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March 10, 2015

IRS Times Criminal Prosecutions for Tax Season
By Michael Cohn

Criminal prosecutions by the Internal Revenue Service appear to be timed to coincide with tax season, according to a new analysis. The analysis, by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, found that 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 decline of 16 percent from the prior fiscal year. Among U.S. federal judicial districts, the Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery) saw 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.

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