Recent Changes in IRS Enforcements

In recent months, the Internal Revenue Service has becoming increasingly strict in terms of audits and IRS enforcements. In December of 2011, the audits conducted by the IRS had risen by 11 percent. The IRS attributes the increase in audits to it being a method of assisting the government in curtailing the current budget deficit issue.

NPR reports that the main targets include big businesses, charities, and wealthy taxpayers . It was reported that in 2010, the IRS audited more than 8% of income tax returns with incomes above $1 million.

In addition to the increase in audits, the Internal Revenue Service enforcement action in areas with large minority areas has doubled the rate of the general population. An analysis conducted by TaxLifeboat, an online site dedicated to helping taxpayers with their IRS issues, reported that the unbalanced ratio of IRS tax compliance measures in areas heavily populated by minorities is a result of the IRS’s reliance on increased automation and allocating more enforcement resources. The unintentional result is forceful targeting of low income minority individuals who do not have the substantial means or education to overcome these formidable challenges.

The IRS failed to respond to a request for comment.


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