Professor Ventry Comments for Slate on IRS Audit Rates
Professor Dennis Ventry commented for Slate on the Internal Revenue Service's audit rates for taxpayers at various income levels. Professor Ventry provided information showing that audit rates increase dramatically with income. While the overall audit rate is about 1 percent, taxpayers with incomes over $1 million face rates of 9 percent; the rate jumps all the way to 27 percent for incomes over $10 million. At the same time, taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (a tax subsidy for the working poor) are audited twice as often compared to all other taxpayers.
Professor Ventry is an expert in tax policy and legal ethics. His research interests include tax expenditure analysis, family taxation, professional responsibility and standards of care, tax filing and administration, tax compliance, public finance, and tax and legal history. In addition, he was recently added as a co-author on the casebook, Legal Ethics and Corporate Practice.