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August 14, 2022

The IRS just got $80 billion to beef up. A big goal? Going after rich tax dodgers
By Scott Horsley



They're easy marks," said Susan Long, who has been monitoring IRS audits for decades as co-founder of TRAC, a non-profit research center at Syracuse. "Enforcement levels have really dropped, except for these poor, lowest-income group where you can just send a letter in the mail."
 
Researchers at Syracuse University found that 46% of IRS audits in the most recent fiscal year were aimed at people who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit a tax break designed to supplement the income of low-wage workers. "They're easy marks," said Susan Long, who has been monitoring IRS audits for decades as co-founder of TRAC, a non-profit research center at Syracuse. "Enforcement levels have really dropped, except for these poor, lowest-income group where you can just send a letter in the mail." At the same time, Long said, the IRS audited just 2.2% of millionaires' tax returns last year a steep decline from 2015. "Most millionaires, they don't even look at their returns, even though all the studies show that that's where the money is," Long said.


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