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April 6, 2015

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Some Filers Affected by Tax Form Error Get Deadline Reprieve
By Jason Bramwell

If it feels like you're seeing an inordinate number of stories about criminal tax prosecutions lately, expect to read even more soon. IRS prosecutions spike in April, possibly as a not-so-gentle reminder during filing season that there can be a big price to pay for tax evasion and tax fraud, wrote Suzanne Woolley of Bloomberg. Susan Long, director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, says the pattern isn't coincidence. It's also not because the IRS just found juicy cases to refer to prosecutors from the current tax season – the lead time is way longer than that. “Back in 1973, we got IRS manuals, and they actually talked about coordinating [prosecutions] during tax season to make people think about their responsibility under the tax law,” Long says. The IRS did not respond to a request for comment.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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