Income taxes (31 - 40 of 70 items)
Tax Administration: IRS Needs to Consider Options for Revising Regulations to Increase the Accuracy of Social Security Numbers on Wage Statements
GAO-04-712: Published: Aug 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2004.
Inaccurate social security numbers (SSN) on wage statements contribute to growth in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Earnings Suspense File, increase the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) workload to ensure that wages are properly identified for those earning them, and burden individuals who must work with SSA and IRS to resolve disputes that may affect their social security benefits and...
International Taxation: Information on Federal Contractors With Offshore Subsidiaries
GAO-04-293: Published: Feb 2, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2004.
Every year, U.S.-based multinational corporations transfer hundreds of billions of dollars of goods and services between their affiliates in the United States and their foreign subsidiaries. Such transactions may be a part of normal business operations for corporations with foreign subsidiaries. However, it is generally recognized that given the variation in corporate tax rates across countries, a...
Tax Administration: More Can Be Done to Ensure Federal Agencies File Accurate Information Returns
GAO-04-74: Published: Dec 5, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2003.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) matches information returns filed by third parties, including federal agencies, with taxpayers' income tax returns to determine whether taxpayers have filed a return and/or reported all of their income. A correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) is necessary to enable IRS to match these returns. Prior GAO reviews have shown that federal agency payment records...
Internal Revenue Service: Preparing Substitute for Returns for Individuals
GGD-00-60R: Published: Feb 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Substitute for Return (SFR) program at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).GAO noted that: (1) IRS prepares a substitute for return for certain individuals classified as potential nonfilers for whom: (a) it has what it considers to be adequate information about income; and (b) the estimated tax liability is at or above a certain l...
Tax Administration: Ways to Simplify the Estimated Tax Penalty Calculation
GGD-98-96: Published: May 27, 1998. Publicly Released: May 27, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the: (1) Internal Revenue Code and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administrative requirements that cause some of the complexity associated with estimated tax (ES) penalty calculations; and (2) likely effects of corresponding changes to the requirements that would make it easier for taxpayers to calculate their ES penalties.GAO noted that: (1)...
Tax Administration: IRS Can Improve Information Reporting for Original Issue Discount Bonds
GGD-96-70: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1996.
GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to ensure that taxpayers report investment income earned from bonds sold at original issue discount (OID), focusing on the completeness and use of IRS Publication 1212.GAO found that: (1) IRS asserts that OID bond issuers can rely on Publication 1212 to identify all publicly offered OID bonds and compute OID income, but Publi...
Tax Administration: Issues Involving Worker Classification
T-GGD-95-224: Published: Aug 2, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1995.
GAO discussed the classification of workers either as employees or independent contractors for federal tax purposes. GAO noted that: (1) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has maintained an active audit presence despite the high levels of income tax noncompliance involving independent contractors; (2) from 1988 through 1994, IRS completed 11,380 Employment Tax Examination Program audits, resulting...
Tax-Exempt Organizations: Additional Information on Activities and IRS Oversight
T-GGD-95-198: Published: Jun 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1995.
GAO discussed the activities of tax-exempt organizations and the revenue resulting from these activities. GAO noted that: (1) the tax-exempt community is dominated by several categories of organizations and characterized by the concentration of resources among larger organizations; (2) many larger tax-exempt organizations rely on income-producing activities to fund their operations; (3) in 1993, a...
Taxpayer Compliance: Reducing the Income Tax Gap
T-GGD-95-176: Published: Jun 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1995.
GAO discussed the income tax gap. GAO noted that: (1) taxpayers voluntarily pay 83 percent of the taxes they owe and 87 percent after Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits; (2) although the compliance level is relatively high, tax compliance is not uniform among groups of taxpayers; (3) IRS estimates that wage earners report 97 percent of their wages, self-employed report 36 percent of their incom...
Reducing the Tax Gap: Results of a GAO-Sponsored Symposium
GGD-95-157: Published: Jun 2, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1995.
GAO presented the results of its symposium on key taxpayer compliance issues.GAO found that: (1) the federal tax system does not ensure uniform compliance among various groups of taxpayers; (2) major modifications in the current tax system would be required to substantially improve taxpayer compliance with tax laws, such as reducing tax law complexity and extending income tax withholding requireme...