IRS Can Reduce Processing Costs by Not Transcribing Cents Data From as Many Lines on Tax Returns

GGD-81-84: Published: Jun 19, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1981.

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GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) service center processing system to identify ways in which IRS can process individual tax returns more accurately and efficiently.

GAO determined that one way for IRS to reduce processing costs is to stop transcribing cents data from as many lines on the individual tax returns and supporting schedules as it presently does. Achieving these processing cost reductions will require a change in present table column headings and modifications to returns processing procedures.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Commissioner of the IRS should proceed with the necessary modifications to the returns processing procedures.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury: Internal Revenue Service

  2. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Commissioner of IRS should reinstate the pre-1976 wording for the 1981 tax table column headings except for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is exactly $20,000.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury: Internal Revenue Service

 

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