Reducing the Tax Gap:

Results of a GAO-Sponsored Symposium

GGD-95-157: Published: Jun 2, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1995.

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GAO presented the results of its symposium on key taxpayer compliance issues.

GAO found that: (1) the federal tax system does not ensure uniform compliance among various groups of taxpayers; (2) major modifications in the current tax system would be required to substantially improve taxpayer compliance with tax laws, such as reducing tax law complexity and extending income tax withholding requirements; (3) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could improve taxpayer compliance by expanding compliance techniques, addressing unreported income, improving the utility of compliance data, and improving its ability to resolve taxpayer compliance problems promptly; and (4) IRS officials must determine the acceptable levels of compliance and tax system intrusiveness to promote compliance for each type of taxpayer.

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