Voluntary compliance (81 - 90 of 111 items)
Tax Policy and Administration: Improvements for More Effective Tax-Exempt Bond Oversight
GGD-93-104: Published: May 10, 1993. Publicly Released: May 28, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) role in ensuring compliance with tax-exempt bond provisions; and (2) policy changes that could enhance IRS ability to increase compliance with these provisions.GAO found that: (1) IRS tax-exempt bond oversight relies on traditional enforcement activities such as voluntary compliance, review board regulation...
Tax Policy: Implications of Replacing the Corporate Income Tax With a Consumption Tax
GGD-93-55: Published: May 11, 1993. Publicly Released: May 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effects of replacing the corporate income tax with a broad-based consumption tax, focusing on the effects of the proposed uniform business tax (UBT) on: (1) economic efficiency and equity; (2) tax administration costs; and (3) tax compliance costs.GAO found that: (1) replacing the corporate income and payroll tax with UBT would raise labor inc...
Tax Policy: Value-Added Tax: Administrative Costs Vary With Complexity and Number of Businesses
GGD-93-78: Published: May 3, 1993. Publicly Released: May 3, 1993.
GAO provided information on the cost of administering value-added taxes (VAT), focusing on: (1) the processes and structure for administering VAT; (2) costs of administering basic VAT in the United States; (3) how alternative designs affect administrative costs; and (4) the necessary transition to implement VAT.GAO found that: (1) single-rate, broad-based VAT would promote economic neutrality amon...
Tax Administration: IRS' Budget Request for Fiscal Year 1994
T-GGD-93-23: Published: Apr 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal year (FY) 1994 budget request. GAO noted that: (1) IRS requested $7.4 billion and 116,060 full-time equivalents (FTE) for FY 1994, an increase of $284 million and 792 FTE over FY 1993; (2) the $82.8-million budget request for synchronized systems deployment is inappropriate, since IRS may not be able to complete the four systems involved; (...
Tax Administration: IRS' Plans to Measure Tax Compliance Can Be Improved
GGD-93-52: Published: Apr 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1993.
GAO: (1) discussed the uses of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program (TCMP) data; (2) evaluated the merits of IRS concerns with TCMP; and (3) identified ways to improve TCMP while it continues to meet user needs.GAO found that: (1) IRS uses TCMP data to make statistically reliable estimates of compliance nationwide and develop formulas for selecting tax retur...
Tax Administration: Erroneous Dependent and Filing Status Claims
GGD-93-60: Published: Mar 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed erroneous dependent and tax filing status claims, focusing on: (1) whether the laws on dependents and filing status need to be simplified; (2) what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is doing to address any erroneous claims; and (3) any changes that IRS could make in its compliance programs.GAO found that: (1) taxpayers' failure to meet the depende...
Tax Administration: Information Returns Can Improve Reporting of Forgiven Debts
GGD-93-42: Published: Feb 17, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should require lenders to report taxpayers' forgiven debts, focusing on the potential effects on voluntary compliance if the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) were required to report forgiven debt information to IRS.GAO found that: (1) in 1986, 1 percen...
Tax Administration: Compliance 2000--A Worthy Idea That Needs Effective Implementation
T-GGD-92-48: Published: Jun 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1992.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Compliance 2000 Initiative to improve voluntary compliance with tax laws. GAO noted that the initiative's goal is to discern the root causes of tax noncompliance and then apply the appropriate tools to improve voluntary compliance in the future. GAO believes that, to successfully implement Compliance 2000 service-wide, IRS: (1) needs to develop a...
Tax Administration: Benefits of a Corporate Document Matching Program Exceed the Costs
GGD-91-118: Published: Sep 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed issues on the feasibility of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) document matching program for payments to corporations, focusing on: (1) what legislative actions Congress needs to take; and (2) how IRS can reduce the program's burden on the business community.GAO believes that Congress: (1) and IRS could reduce the burden of a corporate matching sys...
Pension Plans: IRS Needs to Strengthen Its Enforcement Program
HRD-91-10: Published: Jul 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effectiveness of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) enforcement program, focusing on recent changes that shifted resources from reviewing plan designs to examining plan activities.GAO found that: (1) in recent years, IRS spent most ERISA enforcement resources on reviewing and approving...