Voluntary compliance (31 - 40 of 46 items)
Tax Policy: Implications of Replacing the Corporate Income Tax With a Consumption Tax
GGD-93-55: Published: May 11, 1993. Publicly Released: May 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effects of replacing the corporate income tax with a broad-based consumption tax, focusing on the effects of the proposed uniform business tax (UBT) on: (1) economic efficiency and equity; (2) tax administration costs; and (3) tax compliance costs.GAO found that: (1) replacing the corporate income and payroll tax with UBT would raise labor inc...
Tax Policy: Value-Added Tax: Administrative Costs Vary With Complexity and Number of Businesses
GGD-93-78: Published: May 3, 1993. Publicly Released: May 3, 1993.
GAO provided information on the cost of administering value-added taxes (VAT), focusing on: (1) the processes and structure for administering VAT; (2) costs of administering basic VAT in the United States; (3) how alternative designs affect administrative costs; and (4) the necessary transition to implement VAT.GAO found that: (1) single-rate, broad-based VAT would promote economic neutrality amon...
Tax Administration: Benefits of a Corporate Document Matching Program Exceed the Costs
GGD-91-118: Published: Sep 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed issues on the feasibility of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) document matching program for payments to corporations, focusing on: (1) what legislative actions Congress needs to take; and (2) how IRS can reduce the program's burden on the business community.GAO believes that Congress: (1) and IRS could reduce the burden of a corporate matching sys...
Management Challenges Facing IRS
T-GGD-91-20: Published: Jun 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1991.
GAO discussed management challenges facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), focusing on: (1) trends in the accounts receivable inventory; (2) strategic planning; (3) financial management; (4) compliance initiatives; and (5) tax system modernization efforts. GAO noted that: (1) while IRS made significant strides in developing information on its accounts receivable, the inventory continued to inc...
IRS Needs to Implement a Corporate Document Matching Program
T-GGD-91-40: Published: Jun 10, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
GAO discussed the feasibility of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) instituting a document matching program for investment-type income earned by corporations, focusing on: (1) the benefits and costs of such a program; (2) administrative issues; and (3) potential burdens on businesses that file information returns. GAO noted that: (1) IRS data showed that corporate compliance with the tax laws sign...
Tax Administration: Expanded Reporting on Seller-Financed Mortgages Can Spur Tax Compliance
GGD-91-38: Published: Mar 29, 1991. Publicly Released: May 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request to assist the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in increasing taxpayer compliance, GAO reviewed buyers' and sellers' reporting of interest payments made or received under seller-financed mortgages (SFM).GAO found that, according to an IRS study: (1) some taxpayers failed to correctly report SFM interest paid or received; (2) in one service area, IRS enforcement eff...
IRS' Efforts to Ensure Corporate Tax Compliance
T-GGD-91-21: Published: Apr 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1991.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Coordinated Examination Program (CEP) to audit large corporations. GAO noted that: (1) between 1982 and 1992, the corporate tax gap will have grown over 3 times faster than the individual tax gap; (2) small corporations voluntarily paid 61 percent of the tax they owed in 1987, compared to 82 percent in 1980; (3) reasons for the decline in complian...
IRS' Compliance Programs to Reduce the Tax Gap
T-GGD-91-11: Published: Mar 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
GAO discussed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) compliance programs to reduce the tax gap. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, IRS estimated the gross tax gap to be $84.9 billion for 1987 and projected that it would reach $113.7 billion by 1992; (2) IRS estimated that nonfilers accounted for $7 billion and underreporters accounted for $48 billion of the 1987 tax gap; (3) IRS could improve its use of informa...
IRS' Accounts Receivable Inventory
T-GGD-90-60: Published: Aug 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1990.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) growing accounts receivable inventory. GAO noted that: (1) the reported amount of money owed the federal government in assessed but unpaid taxes grew from $24 billion in 1983 to $66 billion in 1989; (2) IRS failure to collect billions of dollars in delinquent taxes could result in significant tax revenue losses and could have a serious negative im...
Tax Administration: Profiles of Major Components of the Tax Gap
GGD-90-53BR: Published: Apr 4, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) gross tax gap estimates for 1987.GAO found that: (1) for 1987, IRS estimated the tax gap to be $84.9 billion; (2) sole proprietors underpaid 23 percent of their tax liability, which reflected both unreported income and overstated business reductions; (3) informal suppliers failed to report $7.7 billion in income...