Tax administration (41 - 50 of 96 items)
Tax Administration: Information on Selected IRS Tax Enforcement and Collection Efforts
GAO-01-589T: Published: Apr 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2001.
This testimony discusses (1) the relationship between Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits of taxpayers and other programs IRS uses to ensure that taxpayers' returns are accurate and (2) how IRS is managing the increased workload in two of its programs--offers-in-compromise and innocent spouse claims. IRS audited more than 600,000 taxpayers in fiscal year 2000, either face-to-face or through the...
Tax Administration: IRS' Implementation of the Restructuring Act's Taxpayer Protection and Rights Provisions
GGD-00-85: Published: Apr 21, 2000. Publicly Released: May 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the status of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) implementation of the taxpayer protection and rights provisions in title III of its Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998; and (2) determined what, if any, tax administration or other concerns IRS has identified in implementing these provisions.GAO noted that: (1) IRS reported that, as of Janua...
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...
Taxpayer Confidentiality: Federal, State, and Local Agencies Receiving Taxpayer Information
GGD-99-164: Published: Aug 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the disclosure practices and safeguards employed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other federal, state, and local agencies to protect taxpayer information, focusing on: (1) which federal, state, and local agencies receive taxpayer information from IRS; (2) what type of information they receive; (3) how the taxpayer information is being use...
Tax Administration: Tax Requirements of Small Businesses
GGD-99-133: Published: Aug 24, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on small business tax requirements, focusing on: (1) the federal filing, reporting, and deposit requirements that apply to small businesses; and (2) the actual experience of small businesses in meeting these requirements, including their involvement in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) enforcement process.GAO noted that: (1) small bu...
Financial Audit: IRS' Fiscal Year 1998 Financial Statements
AIMD-99-75: Published: Mar 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO examined the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) financial statements for the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 1998.GAO noted that: (1) pervasive weaknesses in the design and operation of IRS' financial management systems, accounting procedures, documentation, recordkeeping, and internal controls, including computer security controls, prevented IRS from...
Alcohol Special Occupational Taxes: Administration and Compliance Issues
GGD-98-156: Published: Aug 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the alcohol special occupational taxes (SOT), focusing on: (1) the methods that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) uses to enforce compliance with the taxes and the costs incurred in these efforts; (2) compliance rates for alcohol producers, wholesalers, and retailers; and (3) arguments that have been made for and against these occup...
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 Expenditures: Information on Employer-Provided Educational Assistance
GGD-97-28: Published: Dec 19, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on employer-provided educational assistance between 1992 and 1994 under section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), focusing on: (1) the characteristics of employers providing educational assistance, such as the number of providers and their size; (2) employees eligible for and receiving it, such as the number of recipients and their level of s...
Tax Administration: Employment Taxes and Small Business
T-GGD-97-21: Published: Nov 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1996.
GAO discussed the impact of various employment tax laws and regulations on small businesses hiring their first employees and all employees thereafter. GAO noted that: (1) employment tax compliance can be particularly burdensome to employers because of multiple federal, state, and local taxes; (2) each tax generally requires it own unique set of rules, regulations, and exceptions, which makes compl...