Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

IRS Enforcement Fell in 2008

The IRS yesterday released 2008 enforcement data, showing, among other things:

  • Collections fell for the first time in a decade, down 4.7% from 2007 (to $56.4 billion)
  • The audit rate of individuals fell to 1.01% (down from 1.03% in 2007)
    • The reduction was most pronounced with individuals with incomes over $200,000, as the audit rate fell to 5.57% (down from 6.84% in 2007)
  • The audit rate of business fell to 0.63% (down from 0.66% in 2007)
    •  The reductions was most pronounced with businesses with assets over $10 million, as the audit rate fell to 15.26% (down from 16.8% in 2007)
  • Enforcement staffing was down 2.0% from 2007 (to 20,722 employees)
  • Visits to the IRS web site increased 61.8%, to 347.8 million (up from 215 million in 2007)

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The IRS must hire new collection Revenue Officers and more Examination Revenue Agents as a good portion of this part of their work force is at or near retirement age. Congress has already appropriated billions of dollars to the Treasury Department to do just that. Expect 2009 IRS collection numbers to keep pace or exceed that of 2007!

Posted by: Michael Rozbruch, IRS Problem Solver | Jan 12, 2009 7:40:38 PM

These are great statistics. Thanks for posting them. Interesting that the IRS saw collections decrease at a pace more than double their rate of reduction in workforce.

Posted by: Ken Kaufman | Dec 26, 2008 12:15:16 PM