Taxpayers (11 - 20 of 112 items)
Tax Compliance: Opportunities Exist to Reduce the Tax Gap Using a Variety of Approaches
GAO-06-1000T: Published: Jul 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2006.
The tax gap--the difference between the tax amounts taxpayers pay voluntarily and on time and what they should pay under the law--has been a long-standing problem in spite of many efforts to reduce it. Most recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimated a gross tax gap for tax year 2001 of $345 billion and estimated it would recover $55 billion of this gap, resulting in a net tax gap of $2...
Tax Gap: Making Significant Progress in Improving Tax Compliance Rests on Enhancing Current IRS Techniques and Adopting New Legislative Actions
GAO-06-453T: Published: Feb 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2006.
The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent estimate of the difference between what taxpayers timely and accurately paid in taxes and what they owed was $345 billion. IRS estimates it will eventually recover some of this tax gap, resulting in an estimated net tax gap of $290 billion. The tax gap arises when taxpayers fail to comply with the tax laws by underreporting tax liabilities on tax re...
Tax Gap: Multiple Strategies, Better Compliance Data, and Long-Term Goals Are Needed to Improve Taxpayer Compliance
GAO-06-208T: Published: Oct 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2005.
Long-term budget simulations by GAO and others show that we face large and growing structural deficits due primarily to known demographic trends and rising health care costs. Reducing the annual tax gap--the difference between what taxpayers timely and accurately pay in taxes and what they should pay under the law--could help the nation cope with these long-term fiscal challenges. The tax gap aris...
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...
Opportunities to Improve Timeliness of IRS Lien Releases
GAO-05-26R: Published: Jan 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2005.
Among the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) many tools to collect outstanding taxes is its ability to use the property of a taxpayer as security for an outstanding tax debt. IRS exercises this power when it files a federal tax lien against the property of a taxpayer. As part of its tax collection activities, IRS reported filing more than 548,000 tax liens against taxpayer property in fiscal year 20...
Tax Administration: Impact of Compliance and Collection Program Declines on Taxpayers
GAO-02-674: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2002.
For several years, Congress and others have been concerned about declines in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) compliance and collection programs. Taxpayers' willingness to voluntarily comply with the tax laws depends in part on their confidence that their friends, neighbors, and business competitors are paying their share of taxes. GAO found large and pervasive declines in five of the six comp...
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...
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...
Tax Administration: Multiple Collection Notices Sent to Individual Taxpayers
GGD-00-55: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) multiple collection notices, focusing on: (1) how many individual taxpayers were sent multiple notices to collect the same tax assessment, particularly after IRS received full payment of the assessment; and (2) IRS' reasons for sending collection notices after receiving full payment.GAO noted that...
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...