We can all use a little good news with tax day on the horizon right?
One of the reasons to fear the IRS is the prospect of getting an audit. However, steep budget cuts since 2010 — $1 billion in budget cuts, to be exact — mean that the agency simply doesn’t have enough money to conduct a ton of audits. And the audits they are doing are more likely to be conducted on someone in a higher tax bracket. This might be the only time you’re happy that you’re not making a ton of cash.
One wealthy woman who isn’t happy about the IRS’ current state of affairs is Giselle Bundchen. Word is she made the Forbes list of wealthiest people for seven years in a row and ended up getting audited as a result. Named the richest supermodel in the world by raking in $42 million between June 2012 and June 2013, she says that figure is inaccurate and it brought unnecessary attention to her financial affairs. So the threat to rich people is very real. (I’m sure no one is crying crocodile tears over this.)
The only problem with this is that the budget cuts have also impacted the IRS’ ability to take your call. They’re responding to far fewer requests and call wait times have reached an average of more than 17 minutes in the last few years. If you need help (or know someone who does) and they make less than $52,000, are elderly, speak another language or have other extenuating circumstances, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) might be able to help. But be warned: There will probably be a wait on that as well.