Taxes

IRS Identifies, Targets, Areas Prone to Tax Avoidance in the U.S.

Good areas to not live if you want minimal hassles

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According to a recent report – Factors Influencing Voluntary Compliance by Small Businesses: Preliminary Survey Results – by the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent division within the IRS, some of the nation's largest cities may be hotspots for tax cheats.

Using confidential IRS data, the TAS pinpointed large clusters of potential tax cheats in or around five metropolitan areas: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, and the District of Columbia, according to an April 15 article by the Associated Press (AP).

Many of the communities identified by the study are wealthy, including Beverly Hills and Newport Beach in California. Others are more middle class, such as New Carrollton, Maryland, a suburb of the District of Columbia, and College Park, Georgia, which is home to a section of the massive Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to the AP article.