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March 22, 2016

IRS Criminal Prosecutions Continue to Decline
By Michael Cohn

The odds of being criminally prosecuted by the Internal Revenue Service have fallen as a result of budget cuts at the hands of Congress, decreasing from 13.3 per million population in fiscal year 2013 to 9.2 per million in FY 2015, according to new research. The report, from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, noted that this is the lowest number during the Obama Administration. However, it is higher than during the preceding Bush administration. The number of prosecutions that originated as referrals from the IRS Criminal Investigation division was only 1,633 in fiscal year 2015. The chances of a criminal prosecution from an IRS referral are only half the level of 25 years ago in the early 1990s.

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