The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released its final report on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) compliance trends through FY 2018, during which time period U.S. taxpayers filed over 152 million individual and 11.4 million business income tax returns and forms. The IRS collected over $3.4 trillion in revenue, with an all-time high of $59.4 billion in enforcement revenue.
Collection activities have continued despite the challenging implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act during the government shutdown, as well as a declining number of IRS employees. The Automated Collection System assisted with the collection of about $3.3 million per full-time equivalent employee in FY 2018, and revenue officers collected an average $2.6 million each.
Less than one percent of returns (991,000) were examined in FY 2018. This represents a 28 percent decline since FY 2014, when 1.4 million returns were examined. Staff in the Examination functions has decreased 24 percent in the same time period.
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