Income taxes (41 - 50 of 66 items)
Tax Administration: Federal Agencies Should Report Service Payments Made to Corporations
GGD-92-130: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1992.
GAO identified actions that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies could take to improve corporate tax compliance.GAO found that: (1) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) random audits of 19,000 small corporations showed a 20-percent decrease in small corporate tax compliance between 1980 and 1987, and that small corporations had paid only 61 percent of their 1987 federal i...
Tax Administration: Money Laundering Forms Could Be Used to Detect Nonfilers
T-GGD-92-56: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to use large cash payment reports (Form 8300) in its enforcement programs to identify persons that have not filed tax returns or reported all of their income. GAO noted that: (1) over one-third of the forms filed either had no tax identification number or an incorrect number; (2) IRS is developing an automated method to allow businesses to...
Tax Administration: Negligence and Substantial Understatement Penalties Poorly Administered
GGD-91-91: Published: Jul 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) administration of the negligence and substantial understatement penalties, focusing on whether IRS: (1) correctly assessed such penalties when warranted; and (2) adequately explained to taxpayers the reasons for assessing those penalties.GAO found that: (1) one-third of the cases reviewed included erroneous pena...
IRS' Efforts to Ensure Corporate Tax Compliance
T-GGD-91-21: Published: Apr 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1991.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Coordinated Examination Program (CEP) to audit large corporations. GAO noted that: (1) between 1982 and 1992, the corporate tax gap will have grown over 3 times faster than the individual tax gap; (2) small corporations voluntarily paid 61 percent of the tax they owed in 1987, compared to 82 percent in 1980; (3) reasons for the decline in complian...
Tax Administration: Status of IRS' Test of a Business Information Returns Program
GGD-90-38: Published: May 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) plans, time frames, and accomplishments concerning its evaluation of a business document-matching program.GAO found that: (1) all the social security numbers (SSN) and employer identification numbers (EIN) associated with sole proprietor returns were accurately reflected in the newly developed cro...
IRS Can Use Tax Gap Data to Improve Its Programs for Reducing Noncompliance
T-GGD-90-32: Published: Apr 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
GAO discussed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) efforts to reduce the tax gap, defined as the difference between the amount of income taxes that taxpayers owe and the amount they voluntarily pay. GAO noted that: (1) IRS estimated that the gross tax gap was $84.9 billion for 1987 and would reach $113.7 billion by 1992; (2) sole proprietors, informal suppliers, small corporations with assets under $10...
Tax Administration: Profiles of Major Components of the Tax Gap
GGD-90-53BR: Published: Apr 4, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) gross tax gap estimates for 1987.GAO found that: (1) for 1987, IRS estimated the tax gap to be $84.9 billion; (2) sole proprietors underpaid 23 percent of their tax liability, which reflected both unreported income and overstated business reductions; (3) informal suppliers failed to report $7.7 billion in income...
Tax Administration: Erroneous Penalties for Failure to File Returns or Pay Taxes Can Be Reduced
GGD-90-80: Published: Apr 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1990.
GAO reviewed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax penalty assessments, abatements, and statistics.GAO found that: (1) IRS correctly granted 91 percent of abatements; (2) 29 percent of abatements were needed to correct IRS assessment errors; (3) erroneous assessments were primarily caused by IRS processing errors; (4) IRS needed better documentation on abatement decisions; (5) strengthened IRS intern...
Information Return Requirements for Independent Contractors
T-GGD-89-21: Published: May 16, 1989. Publicly Released: May 16, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to: (1) ensure that employers report payments made to independent contractors; and (2) detect employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. GAO found that: (1) federal, state, and local governments, and businesses were not complying with tax reporting requirements; (2) IRS failed to ide...
Tax Administration: Improving IRS' Business Nonfiler Program
GGD-89-39: Published: Mar 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to detect business tax nonfilers, focusing on whether: (1) state employment tax information data could aid IRS in investigating business nonfilers; and (2) IRS continued to send business tax forms to known invalid addresses.GAO analyzed 201 selected businesses in California that IRS identified as potential nonfilers, and found that: (1) IRS...