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IRS 2017 Budget: IRS Could Improve Presentation of Budget Data in Its Congressional Justification
GAO-16-695: Published: Jul 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2016.
Congressional justification data. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken steps to manage its budget more strategically but did not make linkages between priorities and appropriations accounts. IRS prioritized a subset of its 19 strategic objectives for action and established six themes that represent its “future state” vision for tax administration. In the fiscal year 2017 congressional...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in Controls over the Processes Used to Prepare the U.S. Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-16-621: Published: Jul 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2016.
During its audit of the fiscal year 2015 consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government (CFS), GAO identified control deficiencies in the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) processes used to prepare the CFS. These control deficiencies contributed to material weaknesses in internal control that involve the federal government's inability...
Tax Expenditures: Opportunities Exist to Use Budgeting and Agency Performance Processes to Increase Oversight
GAO-16-622: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016.
Federal budget formulation processes include fewer controls and reviews, and provide less information on tax expenditures—which represented an estimated $1.23 trillion in forgone revenues in fiscal year 2015—than for discretionary or mandatory spending. For example, in the President’s budget, tax expenditure revenue loss estimates are presented separately from related spending, making their...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Most Community Development Capital Initiative Investments Remain Outstanding
GAO-16-626: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016.
As of March 31, 2016, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had approximately 76 percent of the original Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI) investment outstanding and 57 institutions remained. Treasury's total investment was about $570 million. Treasury received about $136 million in principal repayments and had written off about $7 million. The program's outstanding investment ba...
Program Integrity: Views on the Use of Commercial Data Services to Help Identify Fraud and Improper Payments
GAO-16-624: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Officials from selected federal agencies told GAO that using commercial data services can help their agencies improve the efficiency of program integrity activities. For example, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials told GAO that using commercial data service providers to provide web and phone-based services to help authenticate certain taxpayer's identities likely allowed their staff to focus...
Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve Its Processes for Prioritizing and Reporting Performance of Investments
GAO-16-545: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has developed information technology (IT) investment priorities for fiscal year 2016, which support two types of activities—operations and modernization. For example, it has developed priority groups for operations such as: (1) critical business operations, infrastructure operations, and maintenance; and (2) delivery of essential tax administration/taxpayer ser...
Refundable Tax Credits: Comprehensive Compliance Strategy and Expanded Use of Data Could Strengthen IRS's Efforts to Address Noncompliance
GAO-16-475: Published: May 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2016.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) provide tax benefits to millions of taxpayers—many of whom are low-income—who are working, raising children, or pursuing higher education. These credits are refundable in that, in addition to offsetting tax liability, any excess credit over the tax liability is refunded t...
Identity Theft and Tax Fraud: IRS Needs to Update Its Risk Assessment for the Taxpayer Protection Program
GAO-16-508: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made efforts to strengthen TPP—a program to authenticate the identities of suspicious tax return filers and prevent identity theft (IDT) refund fraud—fraudsters are still able to pass through and obtain fraudulent refunds. TPP authenticates taxpayers by asking questions only a real taxpayer should know; however, fr...
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Additional Actions Needed to Support a Fair and Inclusive Workplace
GAO-16-62: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
Nonexecutive employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who responded to GAO's survey identified strengths and areas for improvement in CFPB's personnel practices and culture. Most respondents agreed that enthusiasm for CFPB's mission is high and that immediate supervisors respect and value differences among individuals. However, GAO's survey found heightened concerns related to...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in CFPB's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-16-522R: Published: Jun 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2016.
During its audit of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) fiscal years 2015 and 2014 financial statements, GAO identified deficiencies in CFPB’s internal control over accounting for property, equipment, and software that collectively constituted a significant deficiency in CFPB’s internal control over financial reporting. Specifically, GAO found that CFPB did not effectively desi...