Tax administration (51 - 60 of 99 items)
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...
Internal Revenue Service: Assessment of Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Request and Interim Results of the 2005 Filing Season
GAO-05-416T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 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: Review of Controls over Safeguarding Taxpayer Receipts and Information at the Brookhaven Service Center Campus
GAO-05-319R: Published: Mar 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2005.
This report responds to a Congressional request that, in conjunction with our audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal year 2004 financial statements, we review the agency's procedures for handling and processing receipts and taxpayer information at the Brookhaven service center campus. As a result of the increased percentage of taxpayers filing returns electronically, IRS designed a d...
Opportunities to Improve Timeliness of IRS Lien Releases
GAO-05-26R: Published: Jan 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2005.
Among the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) many tools to collect outstanding taxes is its ability to use the property of a taxpayer as security for an outstanding tax debt. IRS exercises this power when it files a federal tax lien against the property of a taxpayer. As part of its tax collection activities, IRS reported filing more than 548,000 tax liens against taxpayer property in fiscal year 20...
Earned Income Tax Credit: Implementation of Three New Tests Proceeded Smoothly, But Tests and Evaluation Plans Were Not Fully Documented
GAO-05-92: Published: Dec 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 2004.
Research has shown that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has helped lift millions of individuals out of poverty. In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has paid approximately $30 billion annually to about 20 million EITC recipients. However, the program also has experienced a high rate of noncompliance. IRS estimated that EITC overclaim rates for tax year 1999, the most recent data...
IRS' Efforts to Evaluate the Section 1203 Process for Employee Misconduct and Measure Its Impacts on Tax Administration
GAO-04-1039R: Published: Sep 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2004.
Congress has long stressed the importance of proper treatment of taxpayers by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This emphasis was a major impetus for the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which included numerous additional protections for taxpayers. Among these was Section 1203, which defines 10 acts or omissions for which an IRS employee is to be fired. Most, but not all, of the acts or...
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...
Tax Administration: Changes to IRS's Schedule K-1 Document Matching Program Burdened Compliant Taxpayers
GAO-03-667: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2003.
About $1 trillion in income was distributed in 2001 by flow-through entities such as partnerships and trusts. These entities do not pay taxes on flow-through income. They report it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on a Schedule K-1 and their partners or beneficiaries pay any tax. Concerned about underreporting, IRS began matching the flow-through income reported on Schedule K-1s with that rep...
Tax Administration: IRS Should Reassess the Level of Resources for Testing Forms and Instructions
GAO-03-486: Published: Apr 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2003.
Taxpayers rated the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) ability to provide clear and easy-to-use forms and instructions among the lowest of 27 indicators of service in 1993. Due to continuing concerns about unclear forms and instructions, GAO was asked to determine (1) whether and how often IRS tests the clarity of new and revised individual income tax forms and instructions; (2) the benefits, if an...