A rural county in the Mississippi delta is the most heavily audited in the United States according to a new study. Tippah Countians get audited at a rate 12% higher than the national average.
According to the income tax audit information from ProPublica:
Humphreys County, Mississippi, seems like an odd place for the IRS to go hunting for tax cheats. It’s a rural county in the Mississippi Delta known for its catfish farms, and more than a third of its mostly African American residents are below the poverty line. But according to a new study, it is the most heavily audited county in America.
The national average for being audited is 7.7 per 1000 returns. In Humphreys county, a poor mostly African American county in the delta, it is 11.8 per 1000. In Tippah County, it is 8.6 per 1000.