Something strange is happening at the IRS.

No, this has nothing to do with how they targeted Conservative organizations.

No does it have to do with them modifying how they collect taxes now that Trump has changed the tax code.

In fact, it’s good news… if you’re a criminal.

Apparently, the IRS is pursuing far fewer tax-evasion cases than they’ve done in the past.

In the past 8 years, the number of tax-evasion cases the IRS has brought to trial has fallen dramatically. According to the NYT, it’s actually down 25%,

What’s the reason for this?

Part of it has to do with budgetary concerns. Since 2011 the operating budget of the IRS has been cut substantially.  In fact, they’re now down a ⅓ for their total operating force, which would obviously make it harder to devote time to tax-evasion cases.

The Times covered this in their article, with Chuck Pine, a former IRS official saying:

“Due to budget cuts, attrition and a shift in focus, there’s been a collapse in the commitment to take on tax fraud… I believe there are thousands of individuals who have U.S. tax obligations and are not complying with U.S. tax laws.”

This is likely contributing to the loss of $125 billion dollars in taxes yearly the IRS says.

Most of this coming from business owners who are able to eek out savings on their tax filings.

However, even though the budgetary concerns are limiting the IRS’s ability to do its job, that’s not the only – or main – reason behind the lack of prosecutions.

According to the Hill:

“The agency’s tax audit process has also become less thorough, with IRS officials requesting fewer records and interviews and making fewer criminal referrals.

“The quality of those referrals was also down,” former IRS investigator Marie Allen told the Times. “That is what people popularly think we should be doing, and I’m trying to say it ain’t so.”

Tax fraud was central to the crimes committed by former Trump associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. Cohen last month pled guilty to to eight counts related to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations, while Manafort was convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud.

The IRS is currently facing multiple other challenges, including the implementation of Trump’s tax-cut law, budget constraints and insufficient technology.”

Some people argue this is acceptable, given the IRS is a private organization charged with levying enforcement of unconstitutional taxes.

Others argue this is how the rich screw the little man over and make themselves richer.

Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubt the IRS simply isn’t enforcing tax-evasion laws like it once did.