Does the IRS Audit Some Taxpayers More Than Others?

A recently released study of IRS audits from Stanford University researchers and the U.S. Treasury Department says yes.

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It’s no surprise that many people distrust the IRS and IRS audits. The confusing nature of tax laws and the IRS potentially reexamining your federal income tax return, can be daunting. 

So, it’s not uncommon for taxpayers to wonder why their tax return was selected for an IRS audit in the first place. This is particularly true if they have relatively low income and work hard to file an accurate tax return. When that happens, some wonder: is the IRS unevenly targeting certain taxpayers for audits?

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.