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According to the New York Times, the rich are not being audited by the IRS because the I.R.S. is not being provided with the resources it needs to chase offshore accounts and tax cheats.


  1. Why do the authors of this article submit that taxing ultramillionaires is not the problem?
  2. Over what period of time do the authors say that the IRS has been eviscerated and what has this entailed?
  3. What percentage of the highest-earning Americans account for about a fifth of the income that’s hidden from the I.R.S.?
  4. Where are the counties with the highest rates of tax audits found and why?


Eisinger, J. and P. Kiel. (2019). Why the Rich Don’t Get Audited. The New York Times, May 3 (Retrievable online at