Income taxes (61 - 70 of 81 items)
Tax Administration: Computer Matching Could Identify Overstated Business Deductions
GGD-93-133: Published: Aug 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on small corporations' deduction reporting and the potential benefits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could achieve if it implemented a reverse matching program.GAO found that: (1) IRS could generate significant tax revenues and derive major benefits if it developed a reverse matching program to identify businesses that underreport i...
GGD-93-55R: Published: Jul 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the reporting of interest payments on an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form when the same information is reported on annual cumulative bank statements. GAO noted that: (1) the Interest and Dividend Tax Compliance Act of 1983 requires that payors provide payees with information on interest payments on separate, specified forms that contain no other...
Tax Administration: IRS Activities to Increase Compliance of Overseas Taxpayers
GGD-93-93: Published: May 18, 1993. Publicly Released: May 18, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to improve overseas taxpayers' tax compliance.GAO found that: (1) IRS efforts to encourage overseas taxpayers' voluntary compliance included reducing taxpayer filing burden, increasing taxpayer education, and improving enforcement efforts; (2) IRS was unable to assess the extent of overseas taxpayer nonc...
Tax Policy: Implications of Replacing the Corporate Income Tax With a Consumption Tax
GGD-93-55: Published: May 11, 1993. Publicly Released: May 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effects of replacing the corporate income tax with a broad-based consumption tax, focusing on the effects of the proposed uniform business tax (UBT) on: (1) economic efficiency and equity; (2) tax administration costs; and (3) tax compliance costs.GAO found that: (1) replacing the corporate income and payroll tax with UBT would raise labor inc...
Tax Administration: Erroneous Dependent and Filing Status Claims
GGD-93-60: Published: Mar 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed erroneous dependent and tax filing status claims, focusing on: (1) whether the laws on dependents and filing status need to be simplified; (2) what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is doing to address any erroneous claims; and (3) any changes that IRS could make in its compliance programs.GAO found that: (1) taxpayers' failure to meet the depende...
Tax Administration: Compliance 2000--A Worthy Idea That Needs Effective Implementation
T-GGD-92-48: Published: Jun 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1992.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Compliance 2000 Initiative to improve voluntary compliance with tax laws. GAO noted that the initiative's goal is to discern the root causes of tax noncompliance and then apply the appropriate tools to improve voluntary compliance in the future. GAO believes that, to successfully implement Compliance 2000 service-wide, IRS: (1) needs to develop a...
Tax Administration: Benefits of a Corporate Document Matching Program Exceed the Costs
GGD-91-118: Published: Sep 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed issues on the feasibility of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) document matching program for payments to corporations, focusing on: (1) what legislative actions Congress needs to take; and (2) how IRS can reduce the program's burden on the business community.GAO believes that Congress: (1) and IRS could reduce the burden of a corporate matching sys...
IRS Needs to Implement a Corporate Document Matching Program
T-GGD-91-40: Published: Jun 10, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
GAO discussed the feasibility of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) instituting a document matching program for investment-type income earned by corporations, focusing on: (1) the benefits and costs of such a program; (2) administrative issues; and (3) potential burdens on businesses that file information returns. GAO noted that: (1) IRS data showed that corporate compliance with the tax laws sign...
Tax Administration: Expanded Reporting on Seller-Financed Mortgages Can Spur Tax Compliance
GGD-91-38: Published: Mar 29, 1991. Publicly Released: May 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request to assist the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in increasing taxpayer compliance, GAO reviewed buyers' and sellers' reporting of interest payments made or received under seller-financed mortgages (SFM).GAO found that, according to an IRS study: (1) some taxpayers failed to correctly report SFM interest paid or received; (2) in one service area, IRS enforcement eff...
IRS' Efforts to Ensure Corporate Tax Compliance
T-GGD-91-21: Published: Apr 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1991.
GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Coordinated Examination Program (CEP) to audit large corporations. GAO noted that: (1) between 1982 and 1992, the corporate tax gap will have grown over 3 times faster than the individual tax gap; (2) small corporations voluntarily paid 61 percent of the tax they owed in 1987, compared to 82 percent in 1980; (3) reasons for the decline in complian...