The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit is readying two new programs focusing on data investigations and international tax enforcement.

The data initiative will tie together the information uncovered by the IRS’s field offices around the country with headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We are standing up a nationally coordinated data investigations unit,” said IRS Criminal Investigation chief Don Fort during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “This is really cutting edge for CI, and part of the future of IRS Criminal Investigation. Many of the cases that we work on have nationwide impact. The cases exist in every judicial district and probably every zip code, and impact every single field office. It’s a way to better manage and coordinate these investigations. This particular unit is going to report directly to our front-line executives here in Washington, D.C. The goal of the unit is to really use all of the data that we have available to us to help identify and develop areas of noncompliance.”

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