East Carroll Parish residents are audited more than anyone else in Louisiana by IRS

East Carroll Parish residents were audited by the Internal Revenue Service at a greater rate than similar jurisdictions in Louisiana, according to an analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the tax return audit rates for more than 3,000 counties, equivalent jurisdictions and independent municipalities in order to pinpoint where audits are most common in each state. Nationally, the IRS audits about 7.7 returns for every 1,000 returns filed, the study said.

The audit rate for filers in East Carroll Parish was 11.4 per 1,000 tax returns.

The poverty rates for 43 out of the 50 jurisdictions listed by 24/7 Wall St. were higher than the state’s overall poverty rate, the analysis found. That goes against common perceptions that wealthier Americans are more often targeted in IRS audits, according to the study.

The analysis pointed to a 2018 report by the nonprofit group ProPublica that found low-income, working-class households claiming the earned income tax credit are disproportionately audited, the study said.

East Carroll Parish has a median household income of $20,795 and a poverty rate of



48.2 percent. The percentage of residents in East Carroll Parish with bachelor’s degrees is 9.8.

Most Audited Jurisdiction by State

State County / Jurisdiction Audits per 1,000 Tax Returns Median Household Income Poverty Rate Adults with a Bachelor’s Degree
Alabama Greene County 10.9 $20,954 38.8% 11.4%
Alaska Kusilvak Census Area 9.4 $36,468 39.1% 4.9%
Arizona Santa Cruz County 10.0 $39,630 21.8% 22.1%
Arkansas Phillips County 10.2 $26,652 33.0% 11.3%
California Imperial County 9.7 $44,779 23.8% 14.3%
Colorado Saguache County 9.5 $34,765 21.0% 26.0%
Connecticut Fairfield County 8.2 $89,773 8.8% 46.5%
Delaware Sussex County 7.4 $57,901 12.0% 25.1%
Florida Miami-Dade County 9.1 $46,338 19.0% 27.8%
Georgia Calhoun County 10.8 $29,617 32.2% 9.4%
Hawaii Hawaii County 8.1 $56,395 17.4% 28.6%
Idaho Butte County 9.3 $43,207 16.2% 15.5%
Illinois Alexander County 8.8 $31,014 33.4% 10.7%
Indiana Marion County 7.8 $44,869 19.8% 29.7%
Iowa Ringgold County 8.5 $50,642 10.9% 20.1%
Kansas Sheridan County 9.3 $56,607 4.8% 24.6%
Kentucky Clay County 9.9 $24,596 39.5% 9.5%
Louisiana East Carroll Parish 11.4 $20,795 48.2% 9.8%
Maine Washington County 7.9 $40,328 18.2% 20.9%
Maryland Baltimore 8.3 $46,641 22.4% 30.4%
Massachusetts Nantucket County 7.6 $91,942 11.2% 45.1%
Michigan Wayne County 8.1 $43,702 23.7% 22.8%
Minnesota Mahnomen County 8.4 $42,439 22.7% 12.1%
Mississippi Humphreys County 11.8 $26,188 40.5% 13.6%
Missouri Pemiscot County 9.5 $32,468 28.5% 12.0%
Montana Big Horn County 9.6 $47,276 26.8% 17.6%
Nebraska Greeley County 9.5 $47,218 9.8% 17.3%
Nevada Clark County 7.7 $54,882 14.6% 23.3%
New Hampshire Coos County 7.3 $45,386 13.3% 18.3%
New Jersey Essex County 8.4 $57,365 16.7% 34.0%
New Mexico McKinley County 10.2 $30,336 37.5% 10.8%
New York Bronx County 9.1 $36,593 29.7% 19.4%
North Carolina Edgecombe County 9.3 $32,929 24.6% 11.6%
North Dakota Sioux County 9.5 $40,795 37.1% 17.3%
Ohio Adams County 8.0 $36,320 23.8% 12.1%
Oklahoma Adair County 9.4 $33,366 30.8% 13.6%
Oregon Sherman County 8.5 $42,074 13.7% 17.6%
Pennsylvania Philadelphia County 8.4 $40,649 25.8% 27.1%
Rhode Island Providence County 7.5 $52,530 16.7% 27.8%
South Carolina Allendale County 10.3 $23,331 30.4% 9.4%
South Dakota Oglala Lakota County 11.2 $27,804 51.9% 12.4%
Tennessee Lake County 9.3 $31,993 29.9% 9.4%
Texas Starr County 10.4 $27,133 35.0% 9.7%
Utah Rich County 9.0 $52,917 18.0% 22.8%
Vermont Essex County 8.0 $38,767 15.5% 14.7%
Virginia Emporia city 9.6 $27,426 30.9% 15.3%
Washington Garfield County 8.4 $51,399 11.7% 23.0%
West Virginia McDowell County 8.6 $25,595 34.9% 4.9%
Wisconsin Menominee County 9.2 $38,080 35.8% 15.9%
Wyoming Niobrara County 8.8 $36,793 14.9% 18.3%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

This article was first published by Watchdog.org.

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