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IRS Looking to Refer More Cases to Criminal Investigation Unit

June 21, 2019, 3:16 PM

The IRS wants to increase the number of cases referred from audits and the civil side of its operation to its Criminal Investigation division.

Currently those fraud referrals comprise about 7% of the division’s caseload, said Don Fort, chief of CI at the Internal Revenue Service. There are efforts underway to increase that number, Fort said, noting that this is also a priority for IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. Fort spoke June 21 at a tax controversy forum hosted by the New York University School of Professional Studies.

  • Richard E. Zuckerman, principal deputy assistant attorney general at Department of Justice Tax Division, said there are times when he is questioned why a case is being worked on the civil side, as opposed to the criminal side.
  • “That’s an issue that we’re trying to look into a lot more closely than perhaps we have in the past,” Zuckerman said at the conference.

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