New IRS programs create added risks for unsuspecting taxpayers
The IRS budget has decreased by more than $1.2 billion in the last five years, resulting in the IRS losing approximately 15 percent of its enforcement agents since 2010 and about 200 attorneys since 2009.
This reduction in IRS personnel has significantly reduced the probability of taxpayers being audited. Only .86 percent of individual taxpayers were audited in 2014 — the lowest rate since 2004. Similarly, audited businesses dropped by 6 percent compared to 2013, to the lowest level in eight years.
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