It’s hard to think of a bright side to federal budget cuts that have left agencies strapped for cash, particularly this tax season as millions of phone calls to the IRS seeking help on tax returns went unanswered. However, for some taxpayers the understaffed Internal Revenue Service means that they have a lower risk of being audited this year.
In fact, experts predict that audits will be at their lowest levels since the 1980s. A spokesperson from the IRS said that they will continue to zealously pursue the most blatant offenders and people attempting serious tax evasion. Still, he admitted that some people who should be held accountable for unpaid taxes may not hear from the IRS this year.