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The Washington Post
March 24, 2015

How the IRS helps keep taxpayers honest, even when it’s not actively prosecuting them
By Catherine Rampell

Most Americans’ chances of getting caught and prosecuted if they understate their income, or overstate their deductions, are pretty slim. The IRS prosecutes relatively few cases in the grand scheme of things. But it certainly doesn’t want taxpayers to think this way, which is probably part of the reason the agency is known for bringing so many cases right around Tax Day. Behold what Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse has dubbed the “April Surprise“:

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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