How The IRS Prioritizes Compliance Work On High Income Non-Filers Through National And International Efforts

“Our pursuit of these high income non-filers provides an important service and shows respect to the majority of Americans who pay their taxes.”

Like many at the IRS, I’ve dedicated my career here at the agency for more than 30 years to support fairness and integrity in our nation’s voluntary tax system.

I’ve done this through many different roles at the IRS, including my work for many years in Criminal Investigation and now as Commissioner of the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed division.

Even in a challenging year like this, when the IRS has provided assistance and help for those affected by COVID-19 through Economic Impact Payments and various tax relief efforts, people should understand we haven’t lost focus on identifying and pursuing high income non-filers who live here in the United States and abroad.

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The IRS is using its extensive Big Data resources to pin-point their investigations to the wealthiest areas in Orange County, California. The idea being that anyone who is selected for investigation in these areas will result in a higher tax liability than those who live in less affluent areas. The government is looking for non-filers, persons engaged in on-line and virtual currency transactions, businesses cheating or delinquent on employment taxes and individuals with undisclosed foreign bank accounts.


When a taxpayer does not file and the IRS has information statements indicating a filing requirement, the IRS uses the data to file a return on behalf of the taxpayer if there is a projected balance owed. In 2012, the IRS used information statements to file 803,000 Read More