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All calculations have to be made by the IRS' computers. No IRS agent's time is invested in verifying calculations or sending out correction letters. It is all computer generated.

It's amazing how many people still think there are rooms of IRS Agents whose only task is to scrutinize every single number on every single tax return. There are not quite 100,000 IRS employees in total and 140 million personal returns filed each year (plus another 90 million corporate, partnership, employment, excise, estate, trust, gift, not-for-profit, etc. returns). If every IRS employee were reviewing returns that would be 1400 personal returns per employee.

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