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Tax Debt Collection: IRS Needs to Define Field Program Objectives and Assess Risks in Case Selection
GAO-16-787: Published: Sep 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2016.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses automated processes to prioritize cases to be potentially selected for in-person contact to resolve a tax collection issue (see figure), but group managers in the Field Collection program manually select the cases to assign to revenue officers. For example, when reviewing cases, group managers consider characteristics of the revenue officer available—such...
IRS Case Selection: Collection Process Is Largely Automated, but Lacks Adequate Internal Controls
GAO-15-647: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015.
The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) collection program largely uses automated processes to categorize and route unpaid tax or unfiled tax return cases for potential selection. The automated Inventory Delivery System (IDS) categorizes and routes cases based on many factors, such as type of tax and amount owed. Outside of IDS, collection managers set goals for closing cases in priority areas, such...
Security Clearances: Tax Debts Owed by DOD Employees and Contractors
GAO-14-686R: Published: Jul 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2014.
In summary, GAO found that about 83,000 Department of Defense (DOD) employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information (SCI) clearances, or related interim clearances, had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730 million as of June 30, 2012. DOD reported to GAO that about 3.2 million civilian and military employees a...
Security Clearances: Additional Mechanisms May Aid Federal Tax-Debt Detection
GAO-13-733: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2013.
About 8,400 individuals adjudicated as eligible for a security clearance from April 2006 to December 2011 owed approximately $85 million in unpaid federal taxes, as of June 2012. This represents about 3.4 percent of the civilian executive-branch employees and contractors who were favorably adjudicated during that period. GAO found that about 4,700 of the approximately 8,400 individuals were federa...
Federal Tax Debts: Factors for Considering a Proposal to Report Tax Debts to Credit Bureaus
GAO-12-939: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 2012.
At the end of fiscal year 2011, individuals and businesses owed a total of about $373 billion in federal unpaid tax debts--$258 billion in individual debt and $115 billion in business debt. How much of this debt would be suitable to report to credit bureaus could depend on the purpose of the reporting proposal, such as to collect more debts or simply to inform other potential creditors of the exis...
Medicaid: Providers in Three States with Unpaid Federal Taxes Received Over $6 Billion in Medicaid Reimbursements
GAO-12-857: Published: Jul 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
About 7,000 Medicaid providers in three selected states (Florida, New York, and Texas) had approximately $791 million in unpaid federal taxes from calendar year 2009 or earlier. This represents about 5.6 percent of the Medicaid providers reimbursed by the selected states during 2009. These 7,000 Medicaid providers with unpaid federal taxes received a total of about $6.6 billion in Medicaid reimbur...
Recovery Act: Tax Debtors Have Received FHA Mortgage Insurance and First-Time Homebuyer Credits
GAO-12-592: Published: May 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured over $1.44 billion in mortgages for 6,327 borrowers with $77.6 million in federal tax debt who benefited from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of these borrowers, 3,815 individuals claimed and received $27.4 million in Recovery Act First-Time Homebuyer Credits (FTHBC). This analysis includes tax debtors who (1) benefited from FHAs...
Tax Compliance: Federal Grant and Direct Assistance Recipients Who Abuse the Federal Tax System
GAO-08-31: Published: Nov 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
Since February 2004, GAO has reported that weaknesses in the federal programs and controls that allowed thousands of federal contractors, tax exempt entities, and Medicare providers to receive government money while owing taxes. GAO was asked to determine if these problems exist for entities who receive federal grants or direct assistance and (1) describe the magnitude of taxes owed, (2) provide e...
Tax Compliance: Thousands of Organizations Exempt from Federal Income Tax Owe Nearly $1 Billion in Payroll and Other Taxes
GAO-07-563: Published: Jun 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2007.
As of September 2006, nearly 1.8 million entities were recognized as tax exempt organizations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As such, they do not have to pay federal income taxes. Exempt organizations are still required to remit amounts withheld from employees' wages for federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare, as well as other taxes. Previous GAO work identified numerous governme...
Internal Revenue Service: Procedural Changes Could Enhance Tax Collections
GAO-07-26: Published: Nov 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2006.
GAO previously testified that federal contractors abused the tax system with little consequence. While performing those audits, GAO noted that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records sometimes contained inaccurate or outdated tax information that prevented IRS from taking appropriate collection actions against those contractors, including submitting their tax debt to the Federal Payment Levy Pr...