Taxpayers (71 - 80 of 143 items)
Tax Administration: Status of IRS' Efforts to Develop Measures of Voluntary Compliance
GAO-01-535: Published: Jun 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2001.
The U.S. tax system is based on voluntary reporting. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reviews all tax returns after they are filed to ensure compliance with tax laws governing this voluntary system. Despite these efforts, each year billions of dollars in taxes owed are not voluntarily reported and paid, which could result in reduced revenue to fund federal programs, higher tax rates, or both. Th...
IRS Audit Rates: Rate for Individual Taxpayers Has Declined But Effect on Compliance Is Unknown
GAO-01-484: Published: Apr 25, 2001. Publicly Released: May 25, 2001.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does various compliance checks to ensure the accuracy of information reported on taxpayers' returns. In recent years, the audit rate--the proportion of tax returns that IRS audits each year--has drawn attention because of a long-term decline in audit rates and the differences in audit rates for lower and higher income individuals. This report (1) describes the ch...
Tax Administration: Information on Selected IRS Tax Enforcement and Collection Efforts
GAO-01-589T: Published: Apr 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2001.
This testimony discusses (1) the relationship between Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits of taxpayers and other programs IRS uses to ensure that taxpayers' returns are accurate and (2) how IRS is managing the increased workload in two of its programs--offers-in-compromise and innocent spouse claims. IRS audited more than 600,000 taxpayers in fiscal year 2000, either face-to-face or through the...
Tax Administration: IRS' Efforts to Serve Small Business Taxpayers
T-GGD-00-138: Published: May 23, 2000. Publicly Released: May 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the factors that complicate small businesses' efforts to comply with the tax laws and the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to provide better service to small businesses and self-employed taxpayers.GAO noted that: (1) several factors have complicated the interactions between small businesses and IRS; (2) small businesses are more likely tha...
Tax Administration: IRS Is Working to Improve Its Estimates of Compliance Burden
GGD-00-11: Published: May 22, 2000. Publicly Released: May 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to improve its estimates of taxpayer compliance burden, focusing on: (1) IRS' overall strategy to improve its methodology for estimating compliance burden; (2) what IRS has done to begin implementing its overall strategy and how IRS expects this to improve its methodology; an...
IRS Modernization: Business Practice, Performance Management, and Information Technology Challenges
T-GGD/AIMD-00-144: Published: Apr 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) modernization efforts, focusing on the business practice, performance management, and information technology challenges IRS faces.GAO noted that: (1) IRS acknowledges that it will need to do more than make marginal improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of its current business practices; (2) according...
Tax Administration: IRS' Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Program
GGD-00-83: Published: Mar 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) implementation of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program, focusing on: (1) the steps IRS has taken to implement the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program; (2) the key tax problems facing low-income taxpayers served by the clinics and the reasons for these problems; (3) the role that the program plays...
Tax Administration: IRS' Use of Nonaudit Contacts
GGD-00-7: Published: Mar 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) use of nonaudit contacts with taxpayers, focusing on: (1) the frequency of use, variation in timing, and types of taxpayer responses for three major types of nonaudit contacts; and (2) analyzing the IRS' use of data from the three types of nonaudit contacts to improve compliance and service to tax...
IRS Seizures: Needed for Compliance but Processes for Protecting Taxpayer Rights Have Some Weaknesses
GGD-00-4: Published: Nov 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) use of seizure authority, focusing on whether: (1) IRS targeted the most noncompliant taxpayers; (2) IRS brought affected taxpayers into compliance; (3) IRS exercised appropriate discretion in conducting seizures; and (4) IRS' implementation of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 would address any weakn...
Tax Administration: IRS' 1999 Tax Filing Season
GGD-00-37: Published: Dec 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, the GAO discussed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) performance during the 1999 tax filing season, focusing on: (1) telephone service; (2) availability of walk-in services; (3) other taxpayer service efforts; (4) Earned Income Credit (EIC) noncompliance; (5) electronic filing; (6) implementation of recent tax law changes; and (7) implementation of a new retu...