Thursday, September 21, 2023

IRS To Establish Special Pass-Through Organization To Help With High-Income Compliance Efforts

The Internal Revenue Service will launch a new group focused on scrutinizing pass-through organizations as part of its broader plan for beefing up enforcement work against the wealthy, according to an agency statement on September 20, 2023.

This new unit will leverage Inflation Reduction Act funding to disrupt efforts by certain large partnerships to use pass-throughs to intentionally shield income to avoid paying the taxes they owe. These efforts are consistent with our broader commitment to use Inflation Reduction Act dollars to end the era of historically low error rates for wealthy and large entities, while making sure middle- and low-income filers continue to see no change in audit rates for years to come."

Following a top-to-bottom review of enforcement efforts, the IRS announced on September 8, 2023 the start of a sweeping, historic effort to restore fairness in tax compliance by shifting more attention onto high-income earners, partnerships, large corporations and promoters abusing the nation's tax laws.

President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law in August 2022. It gave the IRS nearly $80 billion in increased funding, though this year's Fiscal Responsibility Act cut $1.4 billion, including money for IRS enforcement and operations support, and a side deal between the White House and lawmakers cuts $20 billion more from the agency, leaving The IRS with roughly $60 billion in net increased funding for enforcement.

Greater resources are needed to evaluate the compliance of pass-through entities, especially large and complex ones, and pass-through audit rates dropped because of funding cuts, the agency said in the strategic plan.

The agency audited 4.4% of pass-throughs in 2010, and the rate dropped to 0.1% in 2017, the most recent year with nearly all audits closed, according to the plan, which was released in April.

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