Internal Revenue Service agents will resume knocking on doors of suspected high-income tax avoiders after the coronavirus pandemic passes, two agency officials said.
“We’ll come knocking and asking,” said James Robnett, deputy chief of IRS Criminal Investigation. “Even more, we will be knocking on doors in the coming months to make sure these high-income non-filers comply.”
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IRS agents since February have been following up with high-income individuals who earned at least $100,00, but failed to file income tax returns. Some efforts were delayed or paused because of the pandemic, but the agency plans to resume and expand them once the health crisis rescinds, Darren Guillot, an IRS deputy commissioner for collections and operations support, said at an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants event.
In fiscal year 2020, the IRS launched 279 investigations into individuals who have failed to file tax returns and so far has recommended 146 for prosecution, Robnett said. Of those, there have been 96 indictments and 80 individuals sentenced for an average of 36 months in prison, he said.
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