The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released statistics on the Department’s 2015 enforcement activities last week and the results show an 8% increase in the number of business returns examined.  The IRS has seen its budget cut by $900 million in the aggregate over the past five years and is making its pitch to Congress for increased funding.  The increase in business return audits held across the entire business horizon with examination of S corporations up 14% and partnerships seeing a 21% jump in examinations of their returns.  Overall, enforcement revenue from the IRS was down $3 billion in 2015 coming in at just over $54 billion.