The average prison sentence for an individual convicted in a federal tax case has increased from 25 months (FY 2001-2008) to 27 months (FY 2009-2013). This is according to a report by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) and are based on information received through the Freedom of Information Act.
The report also noted a 30.6% increase in number of new prosecutions by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from FY 2012 to FY 2013. However, the number of new prosecutions in FY2013 – 2,010 is still significantly lower than is was in FY 1993 – 2,769.
Here is one example of a recent stiff sentence for identity theft and fraud.