The IRS audited 1.4 million people last year. That’s the lowest number in 5 years. But don’t go patting yourself on the back just yet. Audits aren’t down because Americans are getting better at crunching the numbers. Instead, audits are down because the agency is in a cash crunch. The IRS budget has been shrinking since 2010, and that will continue this year. Less money has meant layoffs and furloughs, so fewer people to do the audits.