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Tax Analysts, TRAC Offer New Series of Reports on Various IRS Activities

April 7, 2008

Tax Analysts and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) announced today that they have joined forces to provide tax practitioners and lawyers a new kind of information about the activities of the IRS, including the auditing of returns, the collection of taxes, and the enforcement of tax laws.

The first product from the new partnership will be a series of monthly reports from TRAC documenting the shifting trends in the overall enforcement of criminal tax cases by the IRS, other agencies, and federal prosecutors. The reports also will provide information about changes in the statutes most frequently cited against individuals who have been convicted of tax violations, as well as about the location of the 10 federal judicial districts with the largest number of such convictions in relation to their population.


Read the first report, Internal Revenue Service Convictions for 2007.

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“We believe the new monthly reports from TRAC pinpointing how and where the IRS and other federal agencies are using the criminal law to improve compliance with the tax laws will provide our users with a new kind of timely information about this important enforcement program,” said Christopher Bergin, the president and publisher of Tax Analysts.

TRAC, a part of Syracuse University, was established in 1989. It uses the Freedom of Information Act to obtain internal administrative data from the government and to pass this along to members of the public and institutions of oversight like Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, and lawyers. The co-founders and co-directors of TRAC are Susan Long and David Burnham

Long, a professor at Syracuse’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, has used government data for more than 30 years to examine a range of different tax issues. Burnham, a former New York Times reporter, is the author of a 1989 book on the IRS, A Law Unto Itself, and is an associate research professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications.

“The fair and efficient collection of taxes and the enforcement of the tax laws together make up one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government,” said Long and Burnham in a joint statement. “It therefore is essential that to the full extent possible, members of the public, tax practitioners, Congress, and others have concrete, timely information about how this work is being accomplished.”