IRS head: It's 'rare' to be audited every year

IRS head: It's 'rare' to be audited every year
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The head of the Internal Revenue Commissioner (IRS) says it's rare for a person to be audited every year, a situation Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE says he's experiencing.

“Usually when there’s an audit, and it’s cleared up, if there are no other issues, it’s a number of years, two or three at least, before you hear from us again, unless something in your next return pops up,” John Koskinen said Friday during a taping of C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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“But as a matter of just formal auditing, it would be rare.”

Trump has said he will not release his tax returns until an IRS audit is complete.

“For many years, I’ve been audited every year. Twelve years or something like that,” he said during Thursday night's GOP debate.

Shortly after the debate, the businessman suggested that the IRS was targeting him because of his religion. But Koskinen disagreed.

“That’s something that would never cause you to be audited,” Koskinen said. “We don’t care who you are, who you voted for, what party you belong to, whether you go to church, or don’t go to church.”