The "April Effect" — IRS Prosecutions Timed for Tax Season
(08 Sep 2008) As tax season approaches each year, the number of news stories on tax prosecutions seems to grow. What has been unclear is whether this is merely a function of heightened media interest in prosecutions for tax offenses when the public's attention is on filing their taxes, or if tax prosecutions are actually timed to peak during the early weeks of spring.

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For many years, Tax Analysts and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) have vigorously exercised their rights under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain authoritative information from the Internal Revenue Service. Now TRAC and Tax Analysts have joined forces to offer a new series of monthly reports about the government's use of its criminal powers in the tax area.

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