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Audit Facts

Who Gets Audited by the IRS?

  • In 2010, nearly 2 out of every 3 IRS audits affected individuals who reported incomes less than $50,000.*
  • The IRS is stepping up efforts to close an estimated $345 billion tax gap.**
  • Over 1.5 million individual returns were audited in 2010 (an 11% increase over returns audited in 2009).*
    –That's 1 out of every 90 returns.*
  • EITC audits made up more than 31% of 2010 individual tax audits.

What Can Happen?

  • The IRS can audit you through the mail or in person.
  • The IRS is stepping up efforts to close an estimated $345 billion tax gap.**
  • Result:The IRS may claim you owe more taxes.
    • Liens:Holds against your property (including your home or car), wages, and/or bank accounts.
  • In 2010, the IRS filed over 1 million tax liens.*
  • In 2010, the IRS collected over $15 billion* from audits

*Source: IRS Data Book, 2010, available at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/10databk.pdf
**Source: IRS Oversight Board, Annual Report to Congress 2010, available at www.treasury.gov/irsob