New Numbers on I.R.S. Liens, Levies, and Seizures

For I’ve been posting some charts that show how IRS enforcement activity is changing over time and also some charts showing how “delinquent” taxpayer activity was changing over time.

The new IRS Data Book is out, so I can update the numbers. The number of levies and seizures are down from their peaks, but the use of liens continue to rise:

On the “delinquent” side, the number of people who didn’t pay their taxes when they were due reached a new recent-years high, though the number of people who didn’t file on time (or at all) is off from its recent peak. The IRS continued to to be overwhelmed by the backlog of delinquent cases and so the total unresolved delinquent accounts continued to rise: