Taxes (11 - 20 of 77 items)
Tax Administration: IRS's Efforts to Improve Compliance With Employment Tax Requirements Should Be Evaluated
GAO-02-92: Published: Jan 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2002.
Employers are required to withhold amounts from their employees' salary to cover individual federal income tax, Social Security, and Medicare taxes; match the amounts for Social Security and Medicare taxes; and deposit these amounts with the U.S. Treasury. In fiscal year 2000, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collected $1.3 trillion in this manner. Most employers withhold and deposit these taxes...
Internal Revenue Service: Unpaid Taxes of Federal Workers and Annuitants
GAO-01-195: Published: Jun 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2001.
Voluntary compliance with tax laws, the foundation of the U.S. tax system, could be undermined if the public perceives that federal workers and former federal workers successfully evade their tax obligations. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records indicate that federal workers and annuitants, and IRS workers in particular, appear to be more compliant in meeting their tax responsibilities than the...
Unpaid Payroll Taxes: Billions in Delinquent Taxes and Penalty Assessments Are Owed
AIMD/GGD-99-211: Published: Aug 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on payroll taxes owed to the federal government and the associated trust fund recovery penalties assessed individuals responsible for the nonpayment of these taxes, focusing on the: (1) extent to which payroll taxes are not remitted to the federal government; (2) magnitude of the trust fund recovery penalties assessed against individual...
Tax Administration: Foreign- and U.S.-Controlled Corporations That Did Not Pay U.S. Income Taxes, 1989-95
GGD-99-39: Published: Mar 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided an update to its report on the nonpayment of U.S. income taxes by foreign-controlled corporations (FCC) and U.S.-controlled corporations (USCC), focusing on comparisons of: (1) the percentages of FCCs and USCCs that filed income tax returns showing no tax liabilities for 1989 through 1995, the latest years for which data were available; and (2) sel...
IRS Audits: Weaknesses in Selecting and Conducting Correspondence Audits
GGD-99-48: Published: Mar 31, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) program to audit income tax returns through correspondence, focusing on: (1) the number, results, and duration of correspondence audits as well as the characteristics of the audited returns; and (2) processes and requirements that IRS has had for years to govern correspondence audits.GAO noted that: (1) several...
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...
Internal Revenue Service: Composition and Collectibility of Unpaid Assessments
AIMD-99-12: Published: Oct 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the composition and collectibility of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) September 30, 1997, balance of unpaid assessments.GAO noted that: (1) most of IRS' $214 billion in unpaid assessments as of September 30, 1997, are not taxes receivable and are not collectible; (2) of this balance, $76 billion, or 36 percent, consists of write...
Alcohol Special Occupational Taxes: Administration and Compliance Issues
GGD-98-156: Published: Aug 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the alcohol special occupational taxes (SOT), focusing on: (1) the methods that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) uses to enforce compliance with the taxes and the costs incurred in these efforts; (2) compliance rates for alcohol producers, wholesalers, and retailers; and (3) arguments that have been made for and against these occup...
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: Factors Affecting Results from Audits of Large Corporations
GGD-97-62: Published: Apr 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) program to audit the tax returns of about 45,000 large corporations that are not in the Coordinated Examination Program (CEP), focusing on factors that contributed to the assessment rate and audit results.GAO noted that: (1) IRS invested 25 percent more hours in audits of large corporations during 1994 than it did in 1988, yet it recommended 23 per...