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


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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