Abbey Garber Quoted in Law360 on Audit Rate Changes Connected to IRS Personnel and Tech Changes

“Personnel, Tech Changes Could Help IRS Buck Audit Declines”

A continuing decline in Internal Revenue Service audit rates could soon reverse course due to an influx of workers to conduct examinations and a plan to modernize technology at the agency.

…However, Abbey B. Garber, a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP, said he thought audit rates would go up but predicted the increase would happen slowly because of the time it takes to train new hires.

The IRS fiscal year ends in September, so any new employees who are hired now will likely not finish their training until the end of the 2019 fiscal year, he said.

“It will take some time to get agents on board and agents trained,” he said. “So I think it’ll be a while before we see the effects.”