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TRAC releases annual report on IRS operations
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has released the latest edition of its annual report on the operations of the Internal Revenue Service. A special feature of this year’s report is TRAC’s Taxpayer Returns app, a sophisticated new research application that allows all Americans to easily examine the kinds of income flowing to the taxpayers in every state and the more than 3,000 counties in the nation. This multi-lens prism helps identify changes in overall income trends since 1991, spot unusual community contrasts, and zoom in on particular communities.
TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. The purpose of TRAC is to provide the American people—and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers—with comprehensive information about staffing, spending and enforcement activities of the federal government.
The annual report also includes TRAC’s “U.S. Code tool.” For prosecutions recommended by the IRS, the U.S. Code tool provides quick access to a list of the most frequently cited lead charges that eventually led to formal charges or convictions. Also available from this area is the complete text of each law and maps showing where in the country there was a resulting prosecution or conviction.
“Graphical Highlights” shows current national enforcement trends for corporate and individual audits, along with information about levies, liens and seizure activities. And TRAC’s newly updated “District Enforcement” section provides detailed maps and ranking tables that focus on referrals, prosecutions, convictions and other matters in each of the 90 federal judicial districts.
TRAC’s new annual report on the IRS can be viewed at http://trac.syr.edu/tracirs/. To go directly to the new research report on county taxpayer returns—adjusted gross income, wages and salaries, interest income, dividend income and exemptions claimed on individual tax returns—visit http://trac.syr.edu/tracirs/latest/228/.