WASHINGTON, D.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina Senator Richard Burr announced new legislation on Thursday that seeks to provide an explanation as to why a taxpayer was picked for an audit.
The Biased IRS Audit Systems (BIAS) Prevention Act is aimed at ending research audits. Sen. Burr’s office said a North Carolina couple faced three audits and could then face more for research purposes only. None of the audits resulted in changes to their tax return.
“When taxpayers are audited by the IRS, they deserve to know why. Taxpayers have a right to know if they are being treated fairly by the IRS, especially in light of revelations that the IRS has
“When taxpayers are audited by the IRS, they deserve to know why. Taxpayers have a right to know if they are being treated fairly by the IRS, especially in light of revelations that the IRS has targeted Americans for their political beliefs,” said Senator Burr. “A government watchdog recently found that the IRS can unfairly select an individual for an audit, and that potential for bias must be eliminated. This bill will bring much needed transparency by making the audit selection process used by the IRS clearer to those who are getting audited. It’s true that no one wants the hassle of an IRS audit, but the government owes the taxpayer a reason for being subjected to one.”
Senator Burr said his bill focuses on putting IRS resources to combat tax refund fraud and identity theft.
The IRS website states that returns are checked against “norms” before they are selected for an audit. Also, returns are selected as part of the National Research Program.
The full text of the bill can be found here.