Tax return audits (21 - 30 of 49 items)
Tax Policy: Information on the Joint and Several Liability Standard
GGD-97-34: Published: Mar 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reported on several issues related to the joint and several liability standard that applies to jointly filed federal income tax returns, focusing on: (1) the potential universe of taxpayers that may be eligible for innocent spouse relief; (2) the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) practices and procedures for handling requests for innocent spouse relief; (3...
Taxpayer Compliance: Analyzing the Nature of the Income Tax Gap
T-GGD-97-35: Published: Jan 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 1997.
GAO discussed the income tax gap, the difference between income taxes owed and those voluntarily paid. GAO noted that: (1) the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) data suggest that U.S. taxpayers voluntarily pay about 83 percent of the income taxes they owe and ultimately pay about 87 percent after IRS enforcement programs; (2) this compliance level, in combination with economic growth, translates in...
Tax Administration: Issues in Classifying Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors
T-GGD-96-130: Published: Jun 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1996.
GAO discussed the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors for federal tax purposes. GAO noted that: (1) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has adopted 20 common law rules to help employers classify workers; (2) the rules require employers to withhold and deposit income and social security taxes, and pay the unemployment and social security taxes for workers determined to...
Tax Administration: Audit Trends and Results for Individual Taxpayers
GGD-96-91: Published: Apr 26, 1996. Publicly Released: May 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) audits of individual taxpayers, focusing on: (1) IRS audit rates for individual returns; and (2) the overall results of IRS most recent audits of individual returns.GAO found that: (1) while the audit rate for individuals decreased between fiscal years (FY) 1988 and 1993 from 1.57 percent to .92 percent, it incr...
Tax Administration: Alternative Strategies to Obtain Compliance Data
GGD-96-89: Published: Apr 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1996.
GAO assessed the potential effects on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) compliance programs of postponing the 1994 Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program (TCMP) survey and identified some potential short- and long-term TCMP alternatives.GAO found that: (1) IRS postponed the 1994 TCMP because of criticisms and budget constraints; (2) IRS does not know how it will obtain the taxpayer compliance...
Tax Policy and Administration Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-96-7(2): Published: Apr 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1996.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Tax Policy and Administration issue area as of April 6, 1996...
Tax Administration: Audit Trends and Taxes Assessed on Large Corporations
GGD-96-6: Published: Oct 13, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1995.
GAO reviewed the results of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to audit the tax returns of about 45,000 large corporations, focusing on: (1) audit trends for fiscal years 1988 through 1994; (2) the portion of taxes recommended by agents that were eventually assessed; and (3) the profiles of audited large corporations compared with those of nonaudited corporations.GAO found that: (1) for...
Tax Administration: IRS' Partnership Compliance Activities Could Be Improved
GGD-95-151: Published: Jun 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) partnership compliance activities, focusing on the: (1) extent of partnership compliance with tax laws; and (2) steps IRS could take to improve partnership compliance.GAO found that: (1) the most current partnership compliance data showed that individual partners owed an additional $2.4 billion in taxes in 1982;...
Tax Administration: Compliance Measures and Audits of Large Corporations Need Improvement
GGD-94-70: Published: Sep 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Coordinated Examination Program (CEP) to audit the largest corporations' tax returns, focusing on: (1) whether large corporations pay all the taxes they owe; (2) the amount of additional taxes collected after appeals and litigation; (3) factors that reduce the amounts collected; and (4) the status of ongoing cha...
Tax Administration: IRS Can Do More to Collect Taxes Labelled 'Currently Not Collectible'
GGD-94-2: Published: Oct 8, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) currently-not-collectible (CNC) accounts, focusing on whether IRS: (1) classification of certain CNC accounts is appropriate; and (2) efforts to monitor these accounts for future collection are adequate.GAO found that: (1) IRS is losing the potential to collect millions of dollars in delinquent taxes because of...