Noncompliance (61 - 70 of 70 items)
Simplifying Payroll Tax Deposit Rules
T-GGD-91-65: Published: Sep 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1991.
GAO discussed legislation that would simplify the payroll tax deposit system. GAO noted that: (1) since the current rules for depositing payroll taxes are complex and misleading, about one-third of employers are penalized annually for noncompliance; (2) both bills would simplify those rules by requiring large employers to deposit their payroll taxes on either the Tuesday or Friday following each p...
Tax Administration: Negligence and Substantial Understatement Penalties Poorly Administered
GGD-91-91: Published: Jul 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) administration of the negligence and substantial understatement penalties, focusing on whether IRS: (1) correctly assessed such penalties when warranted; and (2) adequately explained to taxpayers the reasons for assessing those penalties.GAO found that: (1) one-third of the cases reviewed included erroneous pena...
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...
Tax Administration: IRS Preparer Penalty Data Inaccurate and Misleading
GGD-90-92: Published: Aug 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) administration of the return preparer penalty program to determine whether IRS imposed preparer penalties appropriately and consistently.GAO found that IRS preparer penalty statistics did not accurately reflect preparer noncompliance because IRS: (1) procedures allowed multiple penalties to be abated in one tran...
IRS Can Use Tax Gap Data to Improve Its Programs for Reducing Noncompliance
T-GGD-90-32: Published: Apr 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
GAO discussed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) efforts to reduce the tax gap, defined as the difference between the amount of income taxes that taxpayers owe and the amount they voluntarily pay. GAO noted that: (1) IRS estimated that the gross tax gap was $84.9 billion for 1987 and would reach $113.7 billion by 1992; (2) sole proprietors, informal suppliers, small corporations with assets under $10...
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...
Tax Administration: Missing Independent Contractors' Information Returns Not Always Detected
GGD-89-110: Published: Sep 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examinations effectively identified businesses that failed to file information returns for payments made to independent contractors.GAO found that: (1) IRS examinations of business tax returns did not effectively identify businesses that failed to file required information returns on contractor payments; (2) r...
Tax Policy: Deducting Interest on Funds Borrowed to Purchase or Carry Tax-Exempt Bonds
GGD-89-14: Published: Dec 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed various Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provisions that prohibited deduction of interest expenses associated with borrowing funds to purchase or carry tax-exempt obligations to: (1) determine whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could adequately administer the provisions; (2) quantify potential compliance problems; and (3) evaluate the effects...
Tax Administration: Opportunities Exist for Improving IRS' Administration of Alien Taxpayer Programs
GGD-88-54: Published: Apr 11, 1988. Publicly Released: May 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the: (1) extent to which legal aliens complied with tax filing requirements; and (2) effectiveness of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) programs aimed at identifying and collecting legal aliens' income taxes.GAO found that IRS: (1) lacked sufficient information to measure the extent to which legal aliens complied with requirements, or the effectiveness...
The Tax Gap
T-GGD-88-22: Published: Mar 31, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1988.
GAO discussed the gap between the amount of income taxes that individuals and businesses owed and the amount that they voluntarily paid. GAO noted that the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent estimate showed: (1) a tax gap of $84.9 billion for tax year 1987, with individuals owing $63.5 billion, large and medium corporations owing about $16 billion, and small corporations owing about $5 b...