From Chatbots to Audits: How the IRS Will Use AI This Tax Season

The IRS has plans to increase its use of AI. Here’s how the agency will do it and what it could mean for taxpayers.

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As part of IRS efforts to increase tax enforcement for wealthy taxpayers, the agency is implementing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to identify possible violations on high-income tax returns. 

“We will start to see patterns and trends, and activity that we can link with tax evasion that we couldn’t previously,” IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said of the agency’s AI use to crack down on so-called “wealthy tax cheats.” Werfel described artificial intelligence and the types of predictive modeling it provides as a “huge tool.”

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.