The Case of Joe Frazier, Boxing Champion and Farmer
by: John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
Since 2000, the IRS has nearly tripled the number of audits of tax returns filed by people making $25,000 to $100,000. Kevin Brown, the IRS deputy commissioner, stated that this is an effort to run a “balanced audit program.” Last year the number of audits in this category was approximately 436,000, up from about 147,000 returns in 2000.
However, for people with incomes above $100,000 the odds of being audited are about 1 in 59, and for people earning $1 million or more the odds of getting audited are about 1 in 16.
For people who operate farms or ranches that generate tax write-offs continue to be audited fairly often because the IRS regards these taxpayers as “vulnerable.” Any endeavor that has some elements of a “hobby” but which the taxpayer reports as a business, poses a red flag under the IRS hobby loss rule.