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Social Security Administration: Long-Term Strategy Needed to Address Key Management Challenges
GAO-13-459: Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will experience management challenges in four key areas over the next decade.Human capital. SSA has not updated its succession plan since 2006 although the agency faces an ongoing retirement wave and hiring freeze which will make it difficult to respond to growing workload demands.Disability program issues. SSA faces ongoing challenges incorporating a more...
Tax Administration: IRS Could Improve Examinations by Adopting Certain Research Program Practices
GAO-13-480: Published: May 24, 2013. Publicly Released: May 24, 2013.
The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) National Research Program (NRP) has helped test or develop practices that have been used in operational examinations of individual tax returns, according to IRS officials. These practices include, for example, helping test IRS's remote learning system and helping IRS adopt new examination support software.However, examiners GAO interviewed cited four additional...
Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service's Internal Controls
GAO-13-420R: Published: May 13, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.
During its audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal year 2012 financial statements, GAO identified one new internal control deficiency that contributed to IRS's continuing material weakness in internal control over unpaid tax assessments as of September 30, 2012. Specifically, IRS's controls over its process for estimating the balances of federal taxes receivable and other unpaid tax a...
Internal Revenue Service: Preliminary Observations on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request
GAO-13-599R: Published: May 3, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.
In summary,The fiscal year 2013 annualized continuing resolution rate shown in the fiscal year 2014 budget ($11.9 billion) is not the enacted funding level, and the actual amount is $689 million lower.For fiscal year 2014, the President's Budget requests an increase for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of 9 percent ($1,044 million) in discretionary funding over the fiscal year 2012 appropriation...
Offshore Tax Evasion: IRS Has Collected Billions of Dollars, but May be Missing Continued Evasion
GAO-13-318: Published: Mar 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2013.
As of December 2012, the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) four offshore programs have resulted in more than 39,000 disclosures by taxpayers and over $5.5 billion in revenues. The offshore programs attract taxpayers by offering a reduced risk of criminal prosecution and lower penalties than if the unreported income was discovered by one of IRS's other enforcement programs. For the 2009 Offshore Vol...
Internal Revenue Service: 2013 Tax Filing Season Performance to Date and Budget Data
GAO-13-541R: Published: Apr 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2013.
In summary, so far in the 2013 filing season, GAO found the following:Despite a late start due to tax law changes, IRS and stakeholders reported relatively smooth operations. Although the number of tax returns received and refunds issued was lower in the beginning of the filing season than last year, by the end of March these gaps had closed considerably.Overall, the percentage of callers who soug...
Information Technology: Consistently Applying Best Practices Could Help IRS Improve the Reliability of Reported Cost and Schedule Information
GAO-13-401: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 12 of its 20 major information technology (IT) investments were within 10 percent of cost and schedule estimates or significantly below cost between October 2011 and October 2012. For the remaining 8 investments, 3 were reported as being significantly over cost and 5 were reported as being significantly behind schedule. Reported reasons for these si...
IRS Website: Long-Term Strategy Needed to Improve Interactive Services
GAO-13-435: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) existing online services are limited when compared to many other government and private sector organizations. Static web pages make up the majority of www.IRS.gov; however, IRS highlights 18 basic interactive tools from its homepage. IRS does not offer dynamic account access to taxpayers. Other federal and state taxing authorities provide a broader range of on...
Corporate Tax Expenditures: Information on Estimated Revenue Losses and Related Federal Spending Programs
GAO-13-339: Published: Mar 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2013.
Estimated tax revenue that the federal government forgoes resulting from corporate tax expenditures increased over the past few decades as did the total number of corporate tax expenditures. In 2011, the Department of the Treasury estimated 80 tax expenditures resulted in the government forgoing corporate tax revenue totaling more than $181 billion. Many of these tax expenditures are broadly avail...
401(K) Plans: Labor and IRS Could Improve the Rollover Process for Participants
GAO-13-30: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2013.
The current rollover process favors distributions to individual retirement accounts (IRA). Waiting periods to roll into a new employer plan, complex verification procedures to ensure savings are tax-qualified, wide divergences in plans' paperwork, and inefficient practices for processing rollovers make IRA rollovers an easier and faster choice, especially given that IRA providers often offer assis...