IR-2023-194, Oct. 20, 2023
WASHINGTON — Following a dramatically improved 2023 filing season thanks to Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) investments, the Internal Revenue Service has targeted IRA resources on strengthening enforcement, with announcements on new initiatives to pursue high-income, high-wealth individuals who do not pay overdue tax bills and complex partnerships.
Today the IRS announced new initiatives to ensure large corporations pay taxes owed. As these initiatives to improve compliance among high-income individuals, complex partnerships and large corporations ramp up, the IRS is continuing its work to improve customer service and modernize core technology infrastructure, most notably with the launch of business tax account.
The IRS is working to ensure large corporate and high-income individual filers pay the taxes they owe. Prior to the Inflation Reduction Act, more than a decade of budget cuts prevented the IRS from keeping pace with the increasingly complicated set of tools that the wealthiest taxpayers use to hide their income and evade paying their share. The IRS is now taking swift and aggressive action to close this gap.
An individual last month was ordered to pay more than $15 million in restitution. The individual falsified millions of dollars of personal expenses as deductible business expenses and financed construction of a 51,000-square-foot mansion, including expenses of interior and exterior construction costs; an outdoor pool and pool house; and tennis, basketball and bocce courts. The individual falsified millions of dollars of expenses for luxury vehicles, artwork, country club memberships and homes for his children.
An individual last week pled guilty to filing false tax returns and skimming more than $670,000 from his business. The individual spent $110,000 on personal expenses and $502,000 on gambling.
An individual was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining $5 million in COVID relief loans for sham businesses. The individual then spent the money on himself, purchasing Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini cars.
The IRS is focused on helping taxpayers get it right the first time — claiming the credits and deductions for which they're eligible and avoiding back-and-forth with the agency when errors arise. To help taxpayers get it right, the IRS is working toward taxpayers being able to seamlessly interact with the agency in the ways that work best for them on the phone, in-person and online.
The IRS is expanding in-person service and meeting taxpayers where they are, particularly those in underserved and rural communities. The IRS is continuing to expand Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country while also starting a special series of events to help taxpayers living in areas far from the agency's in-person offices.
|Taxpayer Assistance Center||Date opened/reopened|
|Waco, Texas||Oct. 10, 2023|
|Missoula, Montana||Oct. 2, 2023|
|Martinsburg, West Virginia||Oct. 2, 2023|
|Monroe, Louisiana||Sept. 25, 2023|
|York, Pennsylvania||Sept. 18, 2023|
|Topeka, Kansas||Sept. 5, 2023|
|Utica, New York||Aug. 28, 2023|
|Fayetteville, Arkansas||Aug. 14, 2023|
|Hickory, North Carolina||Aug. 7, 2023|
|Rome, Georgia||Aug. 7, 2023|
|Plantation, Florida||Aug. 3, 2023|
|Panama City, Florida||July 31, 2023|
|Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania||July 31, 2023|
|Peoria, Illinois||July 24, 2023|
|Huntington, West Virginia||July 5, 2023|
|Lincoln, Nebraska||May 23, 2023|
|La Vale, Maryland||May 15, 2023|
|Altoona, Pennsylvania||May 8, 2023|
|Fredericksburg, Virginia||May 1, 2023|
|Parkersburg, West Virginia||May 1, 2023|
|Bend, Oregon||April 17, 2023|
|Greenville, Mississippi||April 10, 2023|
|Trenton, New Jersey||April 10, 2023|
|Bellingham, Washington||April 3, 2023|
|Augusta, Maine||March 30, 2023|
|Jackson, Tennessee||March 28, 2023|
|Joplin, Missouri||March 28, 2023|
|Colorado Springs, Colorado||March 27, 2023|
|Glendale, Arizona||March 27, 2023|
|Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania||March 22, 2023|
|La Crosse, Wisconsin||March 20, 2023|
|Charlottesville, Virginia||March 17, 2023|
|Queensbury, New York||March 9, 2023|
|Santa Fe, New Mexico||Feb. 27, 2023|
|Longview, Texas||Jan. 17, 2023|
|Overland Park, Kansas||Jan. 17, 2023|
|West Nyack, New York||Jan. 5, 2023|
|Binghamton, New York||Jan. 3, 2023|
|Casper, Wyoming||Jan. 3, 2023|
|Fort Myers, Florida||Dec. 19, 2022|
|Grand Junction, Colorado||Dec. 19, 2022|
|Rockford, Illinois||Dec. 12, 2022|
|Hagerstown, Maryland||Dec. 1, 2022|
|DASE (Guaynabo), Puerto Rico||Nov. 28, 2022|
|Johnson City, Tennessee||Nov. 28, 2022|
|Prestonsburg, Kentucky||Nov. 28, 2022|
|Vienna, Virginia||Nov. 28, 2022|
|Greensboro, North Carolina||Nov. 22, 2022|
|Bloomington, Illinois||Nov. 21, 2022|
|Ponce, Puerto Rico||Nov. 14, 2022|