Your chances of being audited by the IRS are about to go up

Your Chances of Being Audited by the IRS Are About to Go Up

The Internal Revenue Service will be hiring up to 700 new employees for tax enforcement, which means your chances of being audited are about to go up.

At least, that's the goal because the agency has been pretty lax on enforcement, which isn't totally the IRS' fault. You see, the agency desperately needs more workers.

The Wall Street Journal reports, "The agency had 17,208 employees doing tax enforcement in 2015, down 24% from 2010, and audits of individuals are at an 11-year low."

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Audits being down doesn't sound so bad from a taxpayer's perspective, but remember that the money collected eventually sends funds back to the U.S. Treasury.

Marketplace talked to IRS commissioner John Koskinen: "We estimate that the government is losing $4 [billion] to $5 billion a year in collections we're not making because we don't have enough people."

At the end of this fiscal year, even after new tax enforcers are hired, the agency will still be down 2,000 workers compared to the beginning of the year.

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