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The Cheating of America: How Tax Avoidance and Evasion By the Super Rich Are Costing Thecountry Billions

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Tax day is coming up, and a new study shows that the IRS audits have dropped by more than half. But while audits ofwealthy taxpayers have plummeted, audits of those earning less than $25,000 per year have risen. In 1997, only 2.3percent of returns filed by the richest Americans were reviewed.

Today we are joined by two people. Chuck Lewis is the author of ??The Cheating of America: How Tax Avoidance andEvasion by the Super Rich are Costing the Country Billions-and What you Can Do About It. And David Burnam is theCo-director of Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Guests:

  • Chuck Lewis, Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity and author of ??The Cheating ofAmerica: How Tax Avoidance and Evasion by the Super Rich are Costing the Country Billions-and What you Can Do AboutIt.
  • David Burnahm, Co-director of Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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