The IRS Criminal Investigation Annual Report outlines statistics from the Criminal Investigation Division, such as investigations initiated, prosecutions recommended and sentenced.
Although I have not read the report in detail, it appears as though the Criminal Investigation Division has investigated less cases compared to the previous three years. Also, it appears that the IRS budget cuts has had an effect on the division because there was a decrease in special agents in 2016 compared to previous years.
It will be interesting to see if the decline in staffing will continue because the division is responsible for criminal tax deterrence and is a critical component of a strong tax system.
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