Over the last few months, the IRS has made it clear that it planned on auditing taxpayers more thoroughly this year as a way to help the government stem the current budget deficit problem.
Now it seems the agency is following through, as the IRS increased the number of audited income tax returns by nearly 11 percent this year.
Wealthy taxpayers, big businesses and charities were among the organizations most likely to be targeted, NPR reports. In addition, the IRS audited more than 8 percent of income tax returns with incomes above $1 million.
"We saw individual audits increase, reaching the highest rate in the past decade," Steve Miller, IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, told the radio news provider. "The bottom line shows enforcement revenue topped $57 billion, up almost 18 percent from last year."
More than 1 percent of all individual returns were audited either by mail or in person, the news source says.
In total, the IRS examined more than 1.5 million returns for the budget year that ended in September, up from 1.43 million last year.
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