TIGTA Report on the State of IRS CI

TIGTA Report on the State of IRS CI

In August, TIGTA released its report titled Trends in Criminal Investigation's Enforcement Activities Showed Improvements for Fiscal Year 2010, With Gains in Most Performance Indicators (Ref: 2011-30-068 7/25/11), here. I have finally found time to look at the report, which is an annual report on key areas of priority and statistics for IRS' Criminal Investigation ("CI"), the IRS division charged with investigating tax crimes. CI has other criminal investigation responsibilities, but after the Webster Report in the late 1990s, has been tasked with using more of its resources on criminal tax investigation and, within that category, legal source criminal tax investigations. The notion for focusing more on legal source criminal tax investigation is that that is where the IRS can get the most benefit from its limited resources in terms of supporting the overall tax system. Obtaining and publicizing legal source tax convictions will likely have much more ripple effect on compliance than with obtaining and publicizing illegal source tax convictions.

Most of the report is about statistics, usually presented in graph form (called figures).  I caution readers to heed Benjamin Disreali's caution that: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

I excerpt only some portions of the report and refer to some of the figures (graphs) in the report that struck my interest....

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