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Tax Cheating Statistics

Tax Cheating StatisticsData
Estimated number of people who cheat on their taxes each year1,625,000
Amount lost annually by the U.S. Treasury due to unreported income$270,000,000,000
Number of individual tax returns filed in 2014149,684,000
Number of individual tax returns filed in 2010142,449,000
Percent of tax returns that get audited by the IRS1.2 %
Number of years the IRS has to audit a filed return3 years
Percent of audited individuals that make under $25,00044 %
Amount paid annually by the IRS to people who turn in tax cheaters$5,250,000
Percent of people who think it’s morally wrong to cheat on their taxes79 %
Number of tax returns in 2014 that had no income tax liability53,000,000
Income level at which a typical family of four will owe no income taxes$50,250
Top Deductions in Question During and IRS AuditPercent of Audits
Home office deduction24.5 %
Job Expenses20 %
Rental Losses17.5 %
Schedule C Expenses (Business Deductions)16 %
Charitable Contributions15 %

Tax returns in the United States are reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or with the state or local tax collection agency containing information used to calculate income tax or other taxes.

Statistic Verification
Source: Internal Revenue Service, Tax Foundation, Pew Research
Research Date: April 15th, 2015

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