States Follow The IRS In Joining The Big Data Revolution

Law360 (February 22, 2019, 2:32 PM EST) -- Data analysis is not a new concept, but it nonetheless is the center of a social and technological revolution. In recent months, we have gained significant insight into how the IRS and state taxing authorities are leveraging advanced technology and machine learning to mine the petabytes of taxpayer data that they collect and retain.

IRS Use of Data

The IRS is not a newcomer to the field of data analysis. In 1962, the IRS began using computers to randomly select tax returns for audit, and by 1969 it used computers to automate a process by which returns were selected for audit...

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