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Editor: Paul L. Caron, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

IRS Criminal Prosecutions (18%) and Convictions (26%) Jumped in 2013

IRSThe IRS yesterday released (IR-2014-18) its IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013, reflecting significant increases in enforcement actions against tax criminals and a robust rise in convictions, including identity theft:

CI investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner to foster confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.

High points of fiscal year 2013 include a 12.5 percent increase in investigations initiated compared to the prior year and a nearly 18 percent gain in prosecution recommendations. Specifically, CI initiated 5,314 cases and recommended 4,364 cases for prosecution. These increases were accomplished at a time when agent resources decreased more than 5 percent.

Meanwhile, convictions rose more than 25 percent compared to the prior year. The conviction rate for fiscal 2013 was 93 percent.

Overall IRS Criminal Investigations Data FY 2013

Clean Slate Tax, IRS Prosecutions and Convictions Jump 15%+ in 2013

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