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2004 GAO Reports on the IRS

The mission of GAO's Tax Policy and Administration issue area is to provide Congress, the Executive Branch, and the public with timely, accurate, and objective analyses and information to improve our nation's tax system and its administration. This responsibility not only encompasses the government's revenue and tax expenditures, but also the IRS, the federal agency responsible for tax administration.

The reports below are the result of the GAO's internal investigations in the Tax Policy and Administration issue area. We think you will them interesting and fascinating, as they uncover weaknesses, abuses, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste, and corruption at the IRS.

GAO-04-1040 Sept. 30, 2004
Tax Administration: IRS Should Take Steps to Improve the Accuracy of Schedule K-1 Data
GAO-04-1029 Sept. 30, 2004
Health Coverage Tax Credit: Simplified and More Timely Enrollment Process Could Increase Participation
GAO-04-1039R Sept. 27, 2004
IRSí Efforts to Evaluate the Section 1203 Process for Employee Misconduct and Measure Its Impacts on Tax Administration
GAO-04-994 Sept. 13, 2004
Tax Policy: Historical Tax Treatment of INTELSAT and Current Tax Rules for Satellite Corporations
GAO-04-712 Aug. 31, 2004
Tax Administration: IRS Needs to Consider Options for Revising Regulations to Increase the Accuracy of Social Security Numbers on Wage Statements
GAO-04-972T July 21, 2004
Taxpayer Information: Increased Sharing and Verifying of Information May Improve Immigration Decisions
GAO-04-856 June 30, 2004
International Taxation: Tax Haven Companies Were More Likely to Have a Tax Cost Advantage in Federal Contracting
GAO-04-492 May 24, 2004
Tax Debt Collection: IRS Is Addressing Critical Success Factors for Contracting Out but Will Need to Study the Best Use of Resources
GAO-04-303 May 13, 2004
Business-Owned Life Insurance: More Data Could Be Useful in Making Tax Policy Decisions
GAO-04-721R May 07, 2004
Military Personnel: Active Duty Compensation and Its Tax Treatment
GAO-04-523 April 28, 2004
Internal Revenue Service: Status of Recommendations from Financial Audits and Related Financial Management Reports
GAO-04-553R April 26, 2004
Management Report: Improvements Needed in IRS's Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures
GAO-04-560T March 30, 2004
Internal Revenue Service: Assessment of Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Request and 2004 Filing Season Performance
GAO-04-529T March 10, 2004
Internal Revenue Service: Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers Can Be Improperly Obtained and Used
GAO-04-306 March 05, 2004
Community Development: Federal Revitalization Programs Are Being Implemented, but Data on the Use of Tax Benefits Are Limited
GAO-04-358 Feb. 27, 2004
Tax Administration: Comparison of the Reported Tax Liabilities of Foreign- and U.S.-Controlled Corporations, 1996-2000
GAO-04-314R Feb. 20, 2004
Foreign Assistance: USAID & the Department of State Are Beginning to Implement Prohibition on Taxation of Aid.
GAO-04-372 Feb. 17, 2004
Tax Administration: IRS Issued Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments on Time but Should Study Lessons Learned.
GAO-04-282 Feb. 13, 2004
Workforce Training: Almost Half of States Fund Employment Placement & Training through Employer Taxes & Most Coordinate with Federally Funded Programs.
GAO-04-438T Feb. 12, 2004
Business Systems Modernization: Internal Revenue Service Needs to Further Strengthen Program Management
GAO-04-414T Feb. 12, 2004
Financial Management: Some DOD Contractors Abuse the Federal Tax System with Little Consequence.
GAO-04-95 Feb. 04, 2004
Financial Management: Some DOD Contractors Abuse the Federal Tax System with Little Consequence
GAO-04-293 Feb. 02, 2004
International Taxation: Information on Federal Contractors With Offshore Subsidiaries
GAO-04-304 Jan. 23, 2004
Tax Administration: Information on Expenses Claimed by Small Business Sole Proprietorships
GAO-04-287 Jan. 20, 2004
Tax Administration: Planning for IRS's Enforcement Process Changes Included Many Key Steps but Can Be Improved.
GAO-04-326 Jan. 04, 2004
New Markets Tax Credit Program: Progress Made in Implementation, but Further Actions Needed to Monitor Compliance
GAO-04-74 Dec. 03, 2003
Tax Administration: More Can Be Done to Ensure Federal Agencies File Accurate Information Returns
GAO-04-214R Nov. 20, 2003
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Airport & Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes.
GAO-04-213R Nov. 20, 2003
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes.
GAO-04-50 Nov. 19, 2003
Internal Revenue Service: Challenges Remain in Combating Abusive Tax Schemes.
GAO-04-212R Nov. 14, 2003
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Federal Unemployment Taxes.
GAO-04-126 Nov. 13, 2003
Financial Audit: IRS's Fiscal Years 2003 & 2002 Financial Statements.
GAO-04-79R Nov. 06, 2003
IRS's Use of Information on Taxpayers Claiming Many Allowances or Exemption From Federal Income Tax Withholding.
GAO-04-84 Oct. 31, 2003
Tax Administration: IRS's 2003 Filing Season Performance Showed Improvements.
GAO-04-70 Oct. 31, 2003
Tax Administration: Most Taxpayers Believe They Benefit from Paid Tax Preparers, but Oversight for IRS Is a Challenge.
GAO-04-104T Oct. 21, 2003
Internal Revenue Service: Challenges Remain in Combating Abusive Tax Shelters.


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