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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...
Information Technology: Management Needs to Address Reporting of IRS Investments' Cost, Schedule, and Scope Information
GAO-15-297: Published: Feb 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2015.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made limited progress in improving the reliability and reporting of cost, schedule, and scope performance information–the agency has partially implemented two of GAO's five prior recommendations, but not yet addressed the remaining three (see table). IRS's implementation of these recommendations is critical in ensuring that Congress receives the reliable in...
Identity Theft and Tax Fraud: Enhanced Authentication Could Combat Refund Fraud, but IRS Lacks an Estimate of Costs, Benefits and Risks
GAO-15-119: Published: Jan 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2015.
Identity Theft (IDT) Refund Fraud Cost Estimates. The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fraud estimates met several GAO Cost Guide best practices, such as documenting data sources and detailing calculations. However, the estimates do not reflect the uncertainty inherent in measuring IDT refund fraud because they are presented as point estimates. Best practices suggest that agencies assess the effec...
IRS 2015 Budget: Long-Term Strategy and Return on Investment Data Needed to Better Manage Budget Uncertainty and Set Priorities
GAO-14-605: Published: Jun 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2014.
Since fiscal year 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget has declined by about $900 million. As a result, funding is below fiscal year 2009 levels.IRS Appropriations Fiscal Years 2009 through 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 Requested AppropriationStaffing has also declined by about 10,000 full-time equivalents since fiscal year 2010, and performance has been uneven. For example, between fiscal...
IRS 2014 Budget: Improvements Made to Budget Request and Cost Estimate, but Further Actions Needed
GAO-13-835: Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
For the fiscal year 2014 budget formulation process, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) implemented a new process that uses templates to help screen, prioritize, and select new initiatives before detailed business cases are developed to support funding requests. The template information that GAO reviewed varied in detail and scope; for some, IRS guidance may have contributed to incomplete submissi...
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...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: IRS Managing Implementation Risks, but Its Approach Could Be Refined
GAO-12-690: Published: Jun 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2012.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has implemented one of GAOs four recommendations from June 2011 to strengthen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) implementation efforts by scheduling the development of performance measures for the PPACA program. IRS has made varying degrees of progress on the other three recommendations:develop program goals and an integrated project pl...
IRS 2013 Budget: Continuing to Improve Information on Program Costs and Results Could Aid in Resource Decision Making
GAO-12-603: Published: Jun 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2012.
The results of our work show:IRS absorbed the 2.5 percent or $305 million fiscal year 2012 reduction by decreasing FTEs and other costs, primarily in the Enforcement and Operations Support appropriations. Several of our recent reports show that other opportunities exist to increase efficiencies through, for example, automating some services leveraging paid tax return preparers, and conducting more...
Foreign Account Reporting Requirements: IRS Needs to Further Develop Risk, Compliance, and Cost Plans
GAO-12-484: Published: Apr 16, 2012. Publicly Released: May 16, 2012.
IRS has taken initial steps to implement FATCA requirements in line with leading implementation practices, including establishing a team to manage the implementation process and issuing guidance and proposed regulations. IRS has involved external stakeholders in the implementation process, which has helped inform IRSs implementation plans and regulations. IRS has also communicated initial in...
IRS Management: Cost Estimate for New Information Reporting System Needs to be Made More Reliable
GAO-12-59: Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.
What GAO FoundThe 2011 Information Reporting and Document Matching (IRDM) cost estimate, used to justify the programs projected budgets of $115 million for fiscal years 2012 through 2016, generally does not meet best practices for reliability. The cost estimate did not fully meet any of the four best practices for a reliable cost estimate.For example, the cost estimate minimally meets best pra...