Taxes (31 - 40 of 91 items)
Tax Policy: Historical Tax Treatment of INTELSAT and Current Tax Rules for Satellite Corporations
GAO-04-994: Published: Sep 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2004.
The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT)--an intergovernmental organization launched in 1964 to design, develop, and operate a commercial telecommunications satellite system--enjoyed certain privileges that domestic companies do not, including some related to taxation. Each member nation designated a Signatory to participate as an investor. The U.S. Signatory was COMS...
International Taxation: Tax Haven Companies Were More Likely to Have a Tax Cost Advantage in Federal Contracting
GAO-04-856: Published: Jun 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 2004.
The federal government was involved in about 8.6 million contract actions, including new contract awards, worth over $250 billion in fiscal year 2002. Some of these contracts were awarded to tax haven contractors, that is, U.S. subsidiaries of corporate parents located in tax haven countries. Concerns have been raised that these contractors may have an unfair cost advantage when competing for fede...
Internal Revenue Service: Unpaid Taxes of Federal Workers and Annuitants
GAO-01-195: Published: Jun 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2001.
Voluntary compliance with tax laws, the foundation of the U.S. tax system, could be undermined if the public perceives that federal workers and former federal workers successfully evade their tax obligations. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records indicate that federal workers and annuitants, and IRS workers in particular, appear to be more compliant in meeting their tax responsibilities than the...
Unpaid Payroll Taxes: Billions in Delinquent Taxes and Penalty Assessments Are Owed
AIMD/GGD-99-211: Published: Aug 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on payroll taxes owed to the federal government and the associated trust fund recovery penalties assessed individuals responsible for the nonpayment of these taxes, focusing on the: (1) extent to which payroll taxes are not remitted to the federal government; (2) magnitude of the trust fund recovery penalties assessed against individual...
IRS Audits: Weaknesses in Selecting and Conducting Correspondence Audits
GGD-99-48: Published: Mar 31, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) program to audit income tax returns through correspondence, focusing on: (1) the number, results, and duration of correspondence audits as well as the characteristics of the audited returns; and (2) processes and requirements that IRS has had for years to govern correspondence audits.GAO noted that: (1) several...
Alcohol Special Occupational Taxes: Administration and Compliance Issues
GGD-98-156: Published: Aug 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the alcohol special occupational taxes (SOT), focusing on: (1) the methods that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) uses to enforce compliance with the taxes and the costs incurred in these efforts; (2) compliance rates for alcohol producers, wholesalers, and retailers; and (3) arguments that have been made for and against these occup...
Tax Policy and Administration Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-98-7(3): Published: Aug 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Tax Policy and Administration issue area as of August 17, 1998...
Tax Administration: IRS Measures Could Provide a More Balanced Picture of Audit Results and Costs
GGD-98-128: Published: Jun 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) measures of the results of its audits of tax returns, focusing on: (1) how much of the additional taxes recommended in all types of audits that were closed in fiscal year (FY) 1992 through FY 1997 had been settled or were still in dispute and, if settled, how much had been assessed and collected a...
Excise Taxes: Use of Safe Harbor Look-Back Rules
GGD-97-175R: Published: Sep 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed problems with the transfer of excise tax receipts to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, resulting from airlines' use of regulatory safe-harbor look-back rules to delay deposits, focusing on whether those rules could cause similar problems with the crediting of other excise taxes.GAO noted that: (1) regulatory safe harbor look-back rules should not...
Tax Administration: Employment Taxes and Small Business
T-GGD-97-21: Published: Nov 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1996.
GAO discussed the impact of various employment tax laws and regulations on small businesses hiring their first employees and all employees thereafter. GAO noted that: (1) employment tax compliance can be particularly burdensome to employers because of multiple federal, state, and local taxes; (2) each tax generally requires it own unique set of rules, regulations, and exceptions, which makes compl...