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Report: IRS Three Times More Likely To Audit Blacks


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Key Points

  • As the Biden administration moves to hire 87,000 additional IRS employees, a new study finds that black Americans are three times as likely to be audited by the agency than other groups.
  • The IRS’ computer algorithms disproportionately select black taxpayers for audits, economists from the Treasury Department and three universities found, even after controlling for “differences in the types of returns each group is most likely to file,” the New York Times reported.
  • The study comes after congressional Republicans voted to reverse nearly $70 billion in funding pushed by the Biden administration to expand the federal agency. A previous study found poor Americans were five times as likely to be audited by the Biden IRS than rich and middle-class earners. The group most audited was those earning less than $25,000.

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