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Declining Resources Mean IRS Will Pursue Fewer Audits This Year

Budget cuts sent audit rate to a seven year low in 2013.


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In 2013, the IRS audited less than 1% of all income tax returns, the lowest rate in more than seven years. Joy Taylor, assistant tax editor for Kiplinger Washington Editors, says the agency will have to be even more selective this year.

“Congress keeps giving the agency less and less money. Also, the number of enforcement personnel has decreased to its lowest level. A lot of that has to do with the IRS’s reassigning agents from working audit cases to working identity theft cases.”

There is a catch. The lack of IRS funding also means the agency has fewer staffers on hand to provide help with filing returns.

Kiplinger tracks red flags that may draw undue attention from the IRS and trigger an audit. Check this slide show to assess your own risk.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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