Income taxes (81 - 90 of 188 items)
Tax Administration: IRS' Problem-Solving Days
GGD-99-1: Published: Oct 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) problem-solving days (PSD), focusing on: (1) how the PSDs were organized and advertised and what IRS did to make them conducive to discussing and resolving taxpayers' ongoing tax problems; (2) taxpayers' overall satisfaction with the initiative and the extent to which taxpayers' problems were re...
Tax Administration: IRS Measures Could Provide a More Balanced Picture of Audit Results and Costs
GGD-98-128: Published: Jun 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) measures of the results of its audits of tax returns, focusing on: (1) how much of the additional taxes recommended in all types of audits that were closed in fiscal year (FY) 1992 through FY 1997 had been settled or were still in dispute and, if settled, how much had been assessed and collected a...
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: Potential Impact of Alternative Taxes on Taxpayers and Administrators
GGD-98-37: Published: Jan 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1998.
GAO reviewed alternative tax systems, focusing on: (1) the major differences in design among the tax alternatives; and (2) how the alternatives, by incorporating different design features, may affect the taxpayers' burden of complying with the tax laws and the government's responsibilities for administering those laws.GAO noted that: (1) the alternative tax systems that GAO studied differ in their...
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...
Earned Income Credit: Claimants' Credit Participation and Income Patterns, Tax Years 1990 Through 1994
GGD-97-69: Published: May 16, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on taxpayers' participation in the Earned Income Credit (EIC), focusing on: (1) EIC claimants' patterns of claiming the credit; (2) changes in their income in the years following an EIC claim; and (3) their income and filing status after leaving the EIC.GAO noted that: (1) from tax year 1990 through tax year 1994, 27.3 million taxpayers...
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...
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: IRS Can Improve Information Reporting for Original Issue Discount Bonds
GGD-96-70: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1996.
GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to ensure that taxpayers report investment income earned from bonds sold at original issue discount (OID), focusing on the completeness and use of IRS Publication 1212.GAO found that: (1) IRS asserts that OID bond issuers can rely on Publication 1212 to identify all publicly offered OID bonds and compute OID income, but Publi...
Tax Administration: Electronic Filing Falling Short of Expectations
GGD-96-12: Published: Oct 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) plans to maximize electronic filing, focusing on: (1) IRS progress in broadening the use of electronic filing; (2) the availability of data needed to develop an electronic filing strategy; and (3) the implications for IRS if it does not significantly reduce its paper-processing workload.GAO found that: (1) IRS will fall far short of its 2001 goal o...