Bloomberg Tax
Jan. 31, 2023, 9:53 PM

Black Taxpayers Audited at Higher Rates, Study Finds

Naomi Jagoda
Naomi Jagoda
Senior Reporter

A Stanford University study released this week found that Black taxpayers are audited at higher rates than non-Black taxpayers.

The study by researchers at Stanford, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and the Treasury Department found that Black taxpayers are audited at 2.9 to 4.7 times the rate of other taxpayers. It also found Black taxpayers claiming the earned income tax credit are more likely to be audited than non-Black taxpayers claiming the credit.

“Because EITC audit selection is largely automated, and because the IRS does not observe race, the status quo racial audit disparity is unlikely to be driven ...

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