Putting TRAC to Work
Congress of the United States
April 12, 2022

Letter to Secretary Yellen and Commissioner Rettig
By Elizabeth Warren, US Senator and Judy Chu, Member of Congress

The IRS audits the poorest Americans at a disproportionately high and rising rate. A recent analysis of FY2021 tax data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University found that the IRS audits low-income families with less than $25,000 in gross receipts at five times the rate of everyone else. This TRAC analysis of IRS data shows that 0.79% of low-income wage earners (188,431) were audited in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, and that percentage nearly doubled to 1.3% (306,944 earners) in FY2021.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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