The IRS proudly announced a successful recovery of $482 million from a group of 900 millionaires who had outstanding tax debts. This victory comes as part of the agency’s intensified efforts, fueled by an infusion of funds from the Democrat-led Congress and President Biden’s approval in 2022. The IRS Commissioner, Danny Werfel, highlighted the use of artificial intelligence to target tax enforcement and the addition of 560 new job offers for auditors focusing on the wealthy.
Enhanced Enforcement and Technological Advances
The IRS revealed its success in recovering funds from 900 millionaires with unpaid taxes, showcasing the impact of increased enforcement efforts. The agency opened examinations of 76 large partnerships, utilizing artificial intelligence to streamline targeting and address complex cases.
In response to the funding boost, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel emphasized the strategic addition of staff and technology to ensure compliance among high-income taxpayers, including partnerships, large corporations, and millionaires/billionaires.
Werfel pointed out the significance of the Democrat-led Congress and President Biden’s financial support, enabling the IRS to strengthen its enforcement capabilities and focus on recovering legally owed amounts under federal law.
Ongoing Recovery Efforts and Future Targets
The recovered $482 million is part of a broader effort, with 175 additional wealthy taxpayers paying $38 million on their tax debts. This brings the total millionaire recovery to $520 million, with 700 more millionaires in the target group, each having an annual income exceeding $1 million and unpaid taxes exceeding $250,000.
While the annual tax gap remains substantial at nearly $700 billion, IRS officials anticipate that successful recovery efforts will encourage voluntary compliance, contributing to a reduction in the overall tax gap.
Commissioner Werfel highlighted criminal cases and a deferred prosecution deal with a Swiss bank as additional successes in the fight against tax evasion, underscoring the agency’s commitment to holding tax cheats accountable.