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IRS targeting the poor?

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The Internal Revenue Service targeted the nation's lowest-income taxpayers in nearly half of its audits last year, an eye-opening new report shows.

What are the details?​

The report, published Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, found that approximately 307,000 of the IRS' 660,000 audits from fiscal year 2021 were from among taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit designed to give low-income workers a tax break.

The strange targeting resulted in "low-income wage earners with less than $25,000 in total gross receipts being audited at a rate five times higher than for everyone else," TRAC said.

TRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan data gathering organization at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University that collects and distributes data from federal agencies.

In 2021, Americans with total positive income $200k to $1M were audited at the rate of 4.5 out of every 1,000. \n\nAmericans with less than $25,000 in total gross receipts were audited at a rate of 13.0 out of every 1,000.\n\nRead the report here: https://trac.syr.edu/tracirs/latest/679/\u00a0\u2026
— TRAC Reports (@TRAC Reports) 1646759354

What else?​

The report also found that taxpayers with a total yearly income of between $200,000 and $1,000,000 had only one-third the odds of being audited in comparison to the lowest-income wage earners.



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Nearly 9 million taxpayers reported those high-income levels, yet less than 40,000 of their returns, or 4.5 out of every 1,000, were audited by the IRS, the report said. The lowest-income earners were audited at a rate of 13.0 out of every 1,000.

The audit rate for poorer taxpayers was shockingly more comparable to the audit rate for those reporting earnings over $1 million. Out of 617,505 millionaire returns, 13,725 were audited, or 22 out of every 1,000.


Austin Kocher, an assistant professor at TRAC reports and Syracuse, called the audits clearly "unfair" in a statement on Twitter.

During FY 2021 IRS revenue agents and tax examiners audited 13,725 taxpayers reporting $1 million dollars or more in positive income, up from the small numbers audited during FY 2020 (11,331), but still slightly below FY 2019 (13,970).



Anything else?​

"Does it make sense from either an equity or revenue standpoint to focus IRS’s limited firepower on the poorest taxpayers among us — those with incomes so low they have filed returns claiming an anti-poverty earned income tax credit?" TRAC asked in its report, adding, "This question alone raises profound issues."

Given the sheer amount of resources at stake, it seems odd that the IRS wouldn't exhaust more of its manpower on audits of wealthy Americans.

The organization noted, however, that such a bias toward IRS auditing of poorer Americans is not necessarily a new phenomenon. Rather, the bias has been demonstrable for decades, though to varying degrees.

Part of the problem, TRAC explained, is a lack of IRS revenue agents with sufficient training and experience to examine complex tax returns typically filed by high-income individuals and large-scale businesses.
 

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Yes, we have heard for about 10 years how the GOP keeps gutting IRS funds so they have less agents to go after "big fish" and white collar crimes for the rich. We are aware.
 

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Viewing the population from above the poor and working class is where the real money is.... Taxing the rich gives them pennies compared to taxing the middle class.... due to the numbers of income earners....
 

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It's pretty simple why more poor people are audited. The rich have accountants whose only job is to keep up with the tax loopholes to do their taxes. There is never an arithmetic mistake for the rich, or any of the other usual red flags that trigger an audit. The poor usually do their own taxes at the kitchen table and since they are already struggling to make some sense out of our complicated and unfamiliar tax codes, they make lots of minor mistakes that trigger an audit.
 
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It's pretty simple why more poor people are audited. The rich have accountants whose only job is to keep up with the tax loopholes to do their taxes. There is never an arithmetic mistake for the rich, or any of the other usual red flags that trigger an audit. The poor usually do their own taxes at the kitchen table and since they are already struggling to make some sense out of our complicated and unfamiliar tax codes, they make lots of minor mistakes that trigger an audit.
And then those same rich folks you are talking about keep spending in Washington until the poor are hyperinflated into oblivion.

Well said.
 

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To be fair, there are a lot more of them.
And they’re easy pickins’ compared to the wealthy, with their supper smart tax attorneys.
 
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Yes, we have heard for about 10 years how the GOP keeps gutting IRS funds so they have less agents to go after "big fish" and white collar crimes for the rich. We are aware.
So Biden goes after the little guys ?
 

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It's pretty simple why more poor people are audited. The rich have accountants whose only job is to keep up with the tax loopholes to do their taxes. There is never an arithmetic mistake for the rich, or any of the other usual red flags that trigger an audit. The poor usually do their own taxes at the kitchen table and since they are already struggling to make some sense out of our complicated and unfamiliar tax codes, they make lots of minor mistakes that trigger an audit.
The rich also donate to campaigns.
 

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So Biden goes after the little guys ?

No, the IRS. Biden doesn't tell them who to go after. The system does. The whole system is rigged to let rich people cheat, and screw over the little guy.
 

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The Internal Revenue Service targeted the nation's lowest-income taxpayers in nearly half of its audits last year, an eye-opening new report shows.

What are the details?​

The report, published Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, found that approximately 307,000 of the IRS' 660,000 audits from fiscal year 2021 were from among taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit designed to give low-income workers a tax break.

The strange targeting resulted in "low-income wage earners with less than $25,000 in total gross receipts being audited at a rate five times higher than for everyone else," TRAC said.

TRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan data gathering organization at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University that collects and distributes data from federal agencies.


What else?​

The report also found that taxpayers with a total yearly income of between $200,000 and $1,000,000 had only one-third the odds of being audited in comparison to the lowest-income wage earners.



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Nearly 9 million taxpayers reported those high-income levels, yet less than 40,000 of their returns, or 4.5 out of every 1,000, were audited by the IRS, the report said. The lowest-income earners were audited at a rate of 13.0 out of every 1,000.

The audit rate for poorer taxpayers was shockingly more comparable to the audit rate for those reporting earnings over $1 million. Out of 617,505 millionaire returns, 13,725 were audited, or 22 out of every 1,000.


Austin Kocher, an assistant professor at TRAC reports and Syracuse, called the audits clearly "unfair" in a statement on Twitter.







Anything else?​

"Does it make sense from either an equity or revenue standpoint to focus IRS’s limited firepower on the poorest taxpayers among us — those with incomes so low they have filed returns claiming an anti-poverty earned income tax credit?" TRAC asked in its report, adding, "This question alone raises profound issues."

Given the sheer amount of resources at stake, it seems odd that the IRS wouldn't exhaust more of its manpower on audits of wealthy Americans.

The organization noted, however, that such a bias toward IRS auditing of poorer Americans is not necessarily a new phenomenon. Rather, the bias has been demonstrable for decades, though to varying degrees.

Part of the problem, TRAC explained, is a lack of IRS revenue agents with sufficient training and experience to examine complex tax returns typically filed by high-income individuals and large-scale businesses.
They should end the child tax credit scam-----and this would stop billions$$$ in fraud every year.
 

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Viewing the population from above the poor and working class is where the real money is.... Taxing the rich gives them pennies compared to taxing the middle class.... due to the numbers of income earners....
No not true----their are houses that claim thousands/millions in the EIC tax scam. End the program--it was nothing more than a way to buy votes started by Bush. It's long been known to be a means to commit fraud especially for "poor" "immigrants."

 

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No, the IRS. Biden doesn't tell them who to go after. The system does. The whole system is rigged to let rich people cheat, and screw over the little guy.
They don't cheat, they just can afford the best people to find the politicians mistakes.

Us (or me) can't afford to do that.
 

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The Internal Revenue Service targeted the nation's lowest-income taxpayers in nearly half of its audits last year, an eye-opening new report shows.

What are the details?​

The report, published Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, found that approximately 307,000 of the IRS' 660,000 audits from fiscal year 2021 were from among taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit designed to give low-income workers a tax break.

The strange targeting resulted in "low-income wage earners with less than $25,000 in total gross receipts being audited at a rate five times higher than for everyone else," TRAC said.

TRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan data gathering organization at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University that collects and distributes data from federal agencies.


What else?​

The report also found that taxpayers with a total yearly income of between $200,000 and $1,000,000 had only one-third the odds of being audited in comparison to the lowest-income wage earners.



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Nearly 9 million taxpayers reported those high-income levels, yet less than 40,000 of their returns, or 4.5 out of every 1,000, were audited by the IRS, the report said. The lowest-income earners were audited at a rate of 13.0 out of every 1,000.

The audit rate for poorer taxpayers was shockingly more comparable to the audit rate for those reporting earnings over $1 million. Out of 617,505 millionaire returns, 13,725 were audited, or 22 out of every 1,000.


Austin Kocher, an assistant professor at TRAC reports and Syracuse, called the audits clearly "unfair" in a statement on Twitter.







Anything else?​

"Does it make sense from either an equity or revenue standpoint to focus IRS’s limited firepower on the poorest taxpayers among us — those with incomes so low they have filed returns claiming an anti-poverty earned income tax credit?" TRAC asked in its report, adding, "This question alone raises profound issues."

Given the sheer amount of resources at stake, it seems odd that the IRS wouldn't exhaust more of its manpower on audits of wealthy Americans.

The organization noted, however, that such a bias toward IRS auditing of poorer Americans is not necessarily a new phenomenon. Rather, the bias has been demonstrable for decades, though to varying degrees.

Part of the problem, TRAC explained, is a lack of IRS revenue agents with sufficient training and experience to examine complex tax returns typically filed by high-income individuals and large-scale businesses.
It's about time they go after the leeches of society that pay no income tax
 

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