Braking Down The Noise

IRS Says Tax Compliance Rising, but Hundreds of Billions Still Go Uncollected

Deputy commissioner tapped to be agency’s interim leader after Charles Rettig’s November departure

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WASHINGTON—Americans paid a greater share of the taxes they owe in recent years, according to new estimates from the Internal Revenue Service. 

In tax years 2014 through 2016, Americans paid 85% of their taxes on time, up from the agency’s 83.7% estimate for tax years 2011 through 2013, the IRS said Friday. That compliance rate climbed to 87% after IRS enforcement and late payments were included, from 85.9% in the prior estimate. The IRS projects that those higher percentages were consistent for tax years 2017 through 2019. 

 

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