Tax administration systems (41 - 50 of 52 items)
IRS' Compliance Programs to Reduce the Tax Gap
T-GGD-91-11: Published: Mar 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1991.
GAO discussed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) compliance programs to reduce the tax gap. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, IRS estimated the gross tax gap to be $84.9 billion for 1987 and projected that it would reach $113.7 billion by 1992; (2) IRS estimated that nonfilers accounted for $7 billion and underreporters accounted for $48 billion of the 1987 tax gap; (3) IRS could improve its use of informa...
Tax Administration: Extent and Causes of Erroneous Levies
GGD-91-9: Published: Dec 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) use of levies initiated through its Automated Collection System (ACS), focusing on: (1) the extent and causes of erroneous levies; and (2) IRS controls to prevent erroneous levies or mitigate their effects.GAO found that: (1) IRS erroneously levied the assets of 4,600, or 1.5 percent of individual taxpayers, and...
IRS' Accounts Receivable Inventory
T-GGD-90-60: Published: Aug 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1990.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) growing accounts receivable inventory. GAO noted that: (1) the reported amount of money owed the federal government in assessed but unpaid taxes grew from $24 billion in 1983 to $66 billion in 1989; (2) IRS failure to collect billions of dollars in delinquent taxes could result in significant tax revenue losses and could have a serious negative im...
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...
IRS' Accounts Receivable Inventory
T-GGD-90-19: Published: Feb 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1990.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) growing accounts receivable inventory. GAO found that IRS increased resources for collection activities and undertook numerous internal studies and projects to slow its growing inventory, but its internal controls failed to ensure that taxes were properly accounted for and collected. GAO also found that: (1) IRS lacked very basic management inform...
Tax Policy: Congress Should Further Restrict Use of the Completed Contract Method
GGD-86-34: Published: Jan 17, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO developed and analyzed data on the extent to which manufacturing and construction contractors use the completed contract method to defer federal taxes to determine whether continued use of the method is justified.Contractors have justified the use of the completed contract method of accounting on the basis that, due to inherent uncertainties in their tra...
IRS' Information on Revoked Charitable Tax-Exempt Organizations Could Be Improved
GGD-85-36: Published: May 14, 1985. Publicly Released: May 14, 1985.
GAO reviewed information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) enforcement of tax exemption provisions governing charitable organizations.GAO found that: (1) IRS information systems did not contain compatible information on all the organizations that had their charitable tax exemption revoked; (2) IRS procedures call for updating its internal information sources and notifying the public whenever...
U.S. Citizens Living in Foreign Countries and Not Filing Federal Income Tax Returns
126891: May 8, 1985
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on the problem of U.S. citizens who live in foreign countries and do not file federal income tax returns. GAO stated that: (1) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been hampered in its effort to quantify the extent of the problem because the Privacy Act precludes IRS from accessing certain nontax information which may be useful; and (2) there is...
Federal Government Efforts To Prevent Tax Treaty Abuses
123384: Feb 28, 1984
GAO discussed Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service efforts to prevent abuses of bilateral income tax treaties by non-U.S. residents. Previous studies indicated that Treasury may be losing hundreds of millions of dollar annually as a result of tax treaty abuse. GAO studied the withholding tax systems used by three nations and identified several alternatives to the present U.S. ta...
IRS Efforts To Detect and Pursue Corporate Nonfilers
GGD-80-34: Published: Feb 11, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1980.
As a follow-on to a review of efforts by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to identify individual nonfilers, GAO evaluated the IRS corporate nonfilers program at three IRS district offices.Generally, the weaknesses found in IRS investigative policies and procedures for securing delinquent corporate income tax returns are similar to those discussed in the earlier report on individual nonfilers. Ho...