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Tax Compliance: Better Compliance Data and Long-term Goals Would Support a More Strategic IRS Approach to Reducing the Tax Gap
GAO-05-753: Published: Jul 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2005.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a gap arises each year between what taxpayers pay accurately and on time in taxes and what they should pay under the law. The tax gap is composed of underreporting of tax liabilities on tax returns, underpaying of taxes due from filed returns, and nonfiling of required tax returns altogether or on time. GAO was asked to provide information on (1) th...
Tax Administration: IRS' Low-Dollar Notices Sent to Individual Taxpayers
GGD-00-84: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) computer-generated low-dollar notices, focusing on notices involving: (1) amounts due of less than $5; and (2) refunds of less than $1.GAO noted that: (1) of the over 31 million computer-generated notices IRS sent to individual taxpayers in 1999, about 1.5 million were low-dollar notices; (2) 82 p...
Internal Revenue Service: Preparing Substitute for Returns for Individuals
GGD-00-60R: Published: Feb 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Substitute for Return (SFR) program at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).GAO noted that: (1) IRS prepares a substitute for return for certain individuals classified as potential nonfilers for whom: (a) it has what it considers to be adequate information about income; and (b) the estimated tax liability is at or above a certain l...
Tax Administration: IRS' Abatement of Assessments in Fiscal Years 1995-98
GGD-99-77: Published: Jun 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) past abatements of tax assessments, focusing on: (1) the number and amount of various types of tax, penalty, and interest abatements made during fiscal years (FY) 1995 through 1998; and (2) selected characteristics of the abatements, such as the tax years of abated assessments, taxpayers' use of p...
Tax Administration: IRS' Return Selection Process
GGD-99-30: Published: Feb 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how effectively the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) selects individual income tax returns for audit, focusing on: (1) the extent to which IRS district offices have used various sources to select these individual returns for audit; and (2) comparing the results of audits selected using these sources in terms of the rate at which audits recommended no...
Tax Policy and Administration Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-98-7(3): Published: Aug 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Tax Policy and Administration issue area as of August 17, 1998...
Tax Administration: Nonfiling Among U.S. Citizens Abroad
GGD-98-106: Published: May 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the tax compliance of U.S. citizens residing in foreign countries, focusing on: (1) whether it is possible, given available data, to estimate the prevalence and revenue impact of nonfiling among U.S. citizens residing abroad; (2) factors that may limit the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) enforcement of the filing requirement or othe...
Tax Administration: Innocent Spouse Relief
GGD-98-77R: Published: Mar 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed innocent spouse tax administration issues, focusing on ways: (1) divorce decrees can be made a consideration in determining the tax liability in innocent spouse cases; (2) legislation for using a proportionate liability option for innocent spouse claims can be implemented; (3) legislation can help to ensure that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) e...
Innocent Spouse: Alternatives For Improving Innocent Spouse Relief
T-GGD-98-72: Published: Feb 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1998.
GAO discussed its report on the innocent spouse provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, focusing on: (1) the universe of taxpayers potentially eligible for innocent spouse relief; (2) the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) practices and procedures for handling requests for such relief; (3) whether the existing innocent spouse provisions provide the same opportunity for relief for all taxpayers; (4)...
Tax Administration: More Criteria Needed on IRS' Use of Financial Status Audit Techniques
GGD-98-38: Published: Dec 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) use of financial status audit techniques to: (1) estimate how frequently IRS used financial status audit techniques in audits closed in tax years prior to the 1994 initiative (1992 and 1993) and in tax years following the 1994 initiative (1995 and 1996); (2) consider how IRS' need to contact taxpayers for additi...