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Personnel, Tech Changes Could Help IRS Buck Audit Declines

Law360 (May 31, 2019, 7:12 PM EDT) -- A continuing decline in Internal Revenue Service audit rates could soon reverse course due to an influx of workers to conduct examinations and a plan to modernize technology at the agency.

The IRS Data Book released in May showed the audit rate for the largest corporations fell to just under 50% in 2018 from over 91% in 2013, and the rate for the highest-earning individuals dropped to 6.7% in 2018 compared with an audit rate of nearly 35% in 2015.

IRS officials have blamed the yearslong drop in audit rates on dwindling agency funding over the past nine years and staff...

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