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Inflation Reduction Act Part III: More Auditors, More Audits

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More than half of the $80 billion Inflation Reduction Act will be spent on IRS enforcement. This specifically means collecting back taxes, conducting criminal investigations, monitoring digital assets, obtaining legal support and hiring thousands of new IRS auditors. 

How many auditors will the IRS hire? 

The IRS is looking to hire nearly 87,000 employees over the next 10 years. This is a major increase from its current 80,000 employees. A majority of the new hires will help bring IRS staffing levels back up to par to maintain efficiency. As of now, it remains to be seen exactly how many of the new hires will be responsible for auditing. The IRS will determine the number of enforcement agents they hire. 

Who will be audited? 

More auditors mean more audits, so understandably taxpayers are wondering if they will be impacted. The U.S. Treasury Department has said that the low and middle-class, as well as small businesses, will not be the focus of the upcoming increased enforcement activity. The IRS is to focus its auditing efforts on high-income taxpayers and large corporations. Specifically it will focus on those that earn more than $400,000 per year. The bill itself includes language that states the goal of the Inflation Reduction Act is not to increase taxes for any individual or entity earning less than $400,000 per year.  

Are you prepared for an audit? 

All in all, with increased IRS enforcement activity approaching, it’s important to be prepared. It’s never too late to seek tax relief. Let Optima’s team of experts help you get protected from the stress and burdens that come with IRS enforcement. Optima Tax Relief is the nation’s leading tax resolution firm with over a decade of experience helping taxpayers.  

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