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March 26, 2018

IRS criminal referrals plummet to record low
By Michael Cohn

The number of referrals by the Internal Revenue Service to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution hit a more than 30-year low this past January, as the number of IRS criminal investigators continues to decline. Syracuse University’s Transaction Record Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, reported Monday the Justice Department received 135 new referrals for prosecution from the IRS in January, a substantial decline from its peak four years ago. The IRS referred only 1,824 taxpayers for criminal prosecution in the most recent 12-month period, compared with the same 12-month period four years ago when it had referred 3,896, or more than twice that number, according to TRAC.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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