Incident 461: IRS Audited Black Taxpayers More Frequently Reportedly Due to Algorithm

Description: The IRS was auditing Black taxpayers more frequently than other groups allegedly due to the design of their algorithms, focusing on easier-to-conduct audits which inadvertently correlated with the group's pattern of tax filing errors.


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Alleged: Internal Revenue Service developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Black taxpayers.

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Khoa Lam

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