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Performance and Accountability Highlights Fiscal Year 2005
GAO-06-2SP: Published: Jan 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2006.
This report presents the highlights of GAO's fiscal year 2005 Performance and Accountability report. In short, fiscal year 2005 was an exceptional year for GAO. For example, we received a clean opinion from independent auditors on our financial statements and met or exceeded targets for 10 of 14 key performance measures, while setting or matching all-time records for 3 measures. We documented $39...
Business Systems Modernization: Internal Revenue Service's Fiscal Year 2005 Expenditure Plan
GAO-05-774: Published: Jul 22, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2005.
The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Business Systems Modernization (BSM) program is a multibillion-dollar, high-risk, highly complex effort that involves the development and delivery of a number of modernized information systems intended to replace the agency's aging business and tax processing systems. As required by law, IRS submitted its fiscal year 2005 expenditure plan in April 2005 to congr...
Tax Administration: IRS Can Improve Its Productivity Measures by Using Alternative Methods
GAO-05-671: Published: Jul 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2005.
In the past, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has experienced declines in enforcement productivity as measured by cases closed per Full Time Equivalent. Increasing enforcement productivity through a variety of enforcement improvement projects is one strategy being pursued by IRS. Evaluating the benefits of different projects requires good measures of productivity. In addition, IRS's ability to c...
IRS Modernization: Continued Progress Requires Addressing Resource Management Challenges
GAO-05-707T: Published: May 19, 2005. Publicly Released: May 19, 2005.
Since the passage of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA 98), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has faced the challenge of managing its resources to simultaneously improve service to taxpayers, assure taxpayers' compliance with the tax laws, and modernize its antiquated information systems. As requested, this statement provides our assessment of IRS's current performance in the area...
Internal Revenue Service: Assessment of the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Request
GAO-05-566: Published: Apr 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2005.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been shifting its priorities from taxpayer service to enforcement and its management of Business Systems Modernization (BSM) from contractors to IRS staff. Although there are sound reasons for these adjustments, they also involve risks. With respect to the fiscal year 2006 budget request, GAO assessed (1) how IRS proposes to balance its resources between taxp...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in IRS's Internal Controls
GAO-05-247R: Published: Apr 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2005.
In November 2004, we issued our report on the results of our audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) financial statements as of, and for the fiscal years ending, September 30, 2004 and 2003, and on the effectiveness of its internal controls as of September 30, 2004. We also reported our conclusions on IRS's compliance with significant provisions of selected laws and regulations and on whethe...
Tax Administration: Planning for IRS's Enforcement Process Changes Included Many Key Steps but Can Be Improved
GAO-04-287: Published: Jan 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2004.
In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has experienced declines in most of its enforcement programs, including declines in audits and in efforts to collect delinquent taxes. Increasing enforcement productivity is one strategy that can help reverse these declines. To this end, IRS is currently planning and has begun implementing enforcement process improvement projects. GAO was asked t...
Internal Revenue Service: Challenges Remain in Combating Abusive Tax Schemes
GAO-04-50: Published: Nov 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2003.
Abusive tax avoidance schemes could threaten our tax system's integrity and fairness if honest taxpayers believe that significant numbers of individuals are not paying their fair share of taxes. Abusive schemes encompass such distortions of the tax system as falsely describing the law (saying, for example, that the income tax is unconstitutional), misrepresenting facts (for instance, promoting the...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in Controls over IRS's Excise Tax Certification Process
GAO-03-687R: Published: Jul 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2003.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), along with other components of the Department of the Treasury, collects and distributes excise tax receipts to government trust funds. As the nation's tax collector, IRS plays a critical role in this process. Consequently, trust funds and their administrators depend on IRS to have sound procedures and controls over this process to ensure that excise taxes are ap...
May 20 Oversight Hearing on the Internal Revenue Service--Questions for the Record
GAO-03-962R: Published: Jun 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2003.
GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) accomplishments in the 5 years since the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 was past. Specifically, GAO determined (1) how much money IRS has spent on upgrading its security, (2) whether the challenges associated with ensuring information security are technological or managerial, and (3) if IRS is taking sufficient steps to eliminate overpaym...