Tax administration (41 - 50 of 110 items)
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...
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-Exempt Sector: Governance, Transparency, and Oversight Are Critical for Maintaining Public Trust
GAO-05-561T: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2005.
The tax-exempt sector under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code covers over a million-and-a-half entities of varying sizes and purposes. Its diversity allows it to address the needs of many citizens. To help it do so, Congress and some in the tax-exempt sector itself encourage good governance practices by exempt entities. Transparency over exempt entities' activities is aided by public acc...
Tax Administration: IRS Should Take Steps to Improve the Accuracy of Schedule K-1 Data
GAO-04-1040: Published: Sep 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2004.
Over a trillion dollars in income was distributed in tax year 2002 by flow-through entities, such as partnerships, subchapter S corporations, and trusts, to their partners, shareholders, or beneficiaries, respectively. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that from 6 to 15 percent of such income is unreported on individual tax returns. This income is reported to both IRS and to the recipie...
Internal Revenue Service: Assessment of Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Request and 2004 Filing Season Performance
GAO-04-560T: Published: Mar 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2004.
Effective tax administration requires a combination of quality customer service to help those who want to comply, and effective enforcement measures against those who do not. For the last few years, we have been reporting on improvements in taxpayer service and declines in enforcement. With respect to IRS's fiscal year 2005 budget request, the Subcommittee asked GAO to assess whether (1) IRS will...
Earned Income Credit: Qualifying Child Certification Test Appears Justified, but Evaluation Plan Is Incomplete
GAO-03-794: Published: Sep 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2003.
The Earned Income Credit (EIC), a tax credit available to the working poor, has experienced high rates of noncompliance. Unlike many benefit programs, EIC recipients generally receive payments without advance, formal determinations of eligibility; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) checks some taxpayers' eligibility later. IRS estimated that tax year 1999 EIC overclaim rates, the most recent data...
Tax Administration: IRS Is Implementing the National Research Program as Planned
GAO-03-614: Published: Jun 16, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2003.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs up-to-date information on voluntary compliance in order to assess and improve its programs. IRS's last detailed study of voluntary compliance was done in the late 1980s, so the compliance information IRS is using today is not current. IRS is now carrying out the National Research Program (NRP), through which IRS auditors are reviewing about 47,000 randomly...
IRS Lockbox Banks: More Effective Oversight, Stronger Controls, and Further Study of Costs and Benefits are Needed
GAO-03-299: Published: Jan 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2003.
Lockbox banks are commercial banks that process certain taxpayer receipts on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Following an incident at a lockbox site during 2001, which involved the loss and destruction of about 78,000 tax receipts totaling more than $1.2 billion, the Senate Committee on Finance asked GAO to examine whether (1) provisions of the contracts under which lockbox banks ope...
Minimizing Inappropriate Levies in IRS's Federal Payment Levy Program
GAO-03-318R: Published: Jan 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2003.
Each year, thousands of taxpayers who owe delinquent federal taxes receive billions of dollars in federal payments. To help the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect these delinquent taxes more effectively, the Congress passed the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the provisions of which authorized the establishment of the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP), which allows IRS to continuously levy up t...