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Unveiling the U.S. Tax Evasion

Scholaroo’s data team extensively examined the current state of tax evasion in the United States, examining recent data to provide a comprehensive understanding of the extent of tax fraud.

Scholaroo’s data team conducted an in-depth investigation into the prevailing tax evasion scenario to gain a comprehensive understanding of the extent of tax evasion in the United States.

This research investigated the most recent data on tax fraud, encompassing pertinent statistics and information that shed light on the overall tax evasion scenario in the country.

To initiate the study, the data team gathered information on the per capita rate of tax offenders prosecuted at the federal level in each state for the fiscal year 2022. Hover over the map to delve into the findings.

How many tax offenders were prosecuted in each state in FY22?

Alaska, Hawaii and Maine had no tax offenders prosecuted at the federal level during fiscal year 2022.

  • The median loss for these offenses was $301,009
    • 14.4% involved loss amounts of less than $100,000;
    • 17.8% involved loss amounts greater than $1.5 million.
  • 73.0% of tax fraud offenders prosecuted were men;
  • 15% of Americans do not pay their taxes on time.

Here is the total number of tax fraud offenders prosecuted over the last 5 years

The total amount tax evasion by type of tax

  • The individual income tax gap represents 18.08% of the total tax revenue;
  • While the employment tax gap ranks as the second-largest amount among all categories, it constitutes merely 8% of the overall tax revenue.

The total amount of tax evaded by type of tax evasion

Methodology

Scholaroo's data team gathered and examined the most recent publicly available data, focusing on the demographics of individuals prosecuted for tax crimes in fiscal year 2022. In addition, they analyzed data regarding the amounts of tax revenue involved.