IRS Commissioner: No Plans To Increase Audits For Households Making Under $400,000

As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gears up to increase audits for wealthy taxpayers and large corporations, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel has assured that there are no plans to bump up audits on households making less than $400,000.

In a report released Thursday, the IRS outlined its goals to achieve a 50% jump in the audit rate for households with incomes of $10 million and above by the time people file their 2026 taxes, while also seeking to nearly triple the rate of corporate audits.

Werfel emphasized that audit rates for households making under $400,000 “remain at historically low levels” and that the focus is on the top of the income distribution, with the goal of bringing “coverage rates” back to levels seen more than a decade ago before underfunding and declining staff counts.

The IRS’s plans are part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate how it intends to maximize the billions of dollars provided by the Inflation Reduction Act, passed in 2022 by a Democrat-controlled Congress. The agency is also highlighting its efforts as it makes the case for stable long-term funding levels, including through funding proposed in President Joe Biden’s 2025 budget.

Werfel noted that the IRS now has approximately 90,000 full-time employees, up from around 79,000 in fiscal year 2022, with an end goal of around 102,500 employees by the end of the decade, which he believes represents a “right-sized IRS” and should “lay to rest any lingering myth about a supersized IRS.”