The Internal Revenue Service needs to improve its criminal fraud referral process as well as the timeliness of its evaluation process for referring cases of tax fraud for criminal prosecution, according to a new government report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, acknowledged that fraud referrals made to the IRS’s Criminal Investigation unit in fiscal year 2012 have increased.  This has subsequently resulted in an increase in the number of criminal investigations and prosecution recommendations.  In addition, Criminal Investigation special agents provided thorough written feedback to the referring operating divisions when they rejected the referrals.

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