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As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.
Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any other time since at least the 1980s.
Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered.