IRS Tax Reporting STATS + Compliance Programs

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IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS

This report is a compilation of statistical information reported by the IRS.  The data presented in this report provide taxpayers and stakeholders with information about how the IRS focuses its compliance resources and the impact of those resources on revenue and

 

WHAT TIGTA FOUND

The IRS’s compliance programs continue to be affected by reductions in the number of staff assigned to work cases, although enforcement revenue produced by these programs did not change significantly.

Future State projects are underway to improve processes in a variety of areas, including contacting delinquent taxpayers earlier, developing new processes to deliver inventory to Collection and Examination functions, and optimizing outreach and communication.

In addition, recent legislation has necessitated renewed development in areas such as the

 

Private Debt Collection program, as well as creating processes to coordinate with the Department of State in using passport denial or revocation to promote taxpayer compliance.

After a small decrease in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the IRS budget for FY 2016 increased $290 million from $10.9 billion to $11.2 billion.  Meanwhile, the combined number of enforcement personnel decreased between 5 and 8 percent each year since FY 2012 (14,829) and resulted in the lowest number over the past 10 years in FY 2016 (11,195).

Although staffing continued to decline during FY 2016, enforcement revenue collections increased $89 million from $54.2 billion in FY 2015 to $54.3 billion.

At the same time unpaid assessments increased from $411.8 billion in FY 2015, to more than $421.8 billion at the end of FY 2016.

 

Closures of fully paid Taxpayer Delinquency Accounts by the IRS’s Collection Operations have remained essentially unchanged over the last five years, fluctuating between 1.8 to 1.9 million from FY 2012 through FY 2016.

Taxpayer Delinquency Investigation closures decreased for the seventh straight year, from 5.1 million in FY 2010 to 2.3 million in FY 2016.

 

Examination staffing in FY 2016 reached a 20-year low with only 8,847 employees, a decrease of 4 percent from FY 2015 (9,189) and 23 percent lower than FY 2012 (11,432).  In FY 2016, the number of examinations conducted by the IRS decreased approximately 9 percent from those conducted during FY 2015, and was almost 32 percent lower than FY 2012.

The IRS examined 1,035,000 (one of every 143) individual income tax returns in FY 2016.  This was 16 percent less than the number of examinations performed in FY 2015 (1,228,000) and 30 percent fewer examinations than the five-year high reported in FY 2012 of 1,482,000.

Consistent with the decline in individual examinations, fewer corporate tax returns were examined during FY 2016 (21,136) than any year since FY 20

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Options to Settle IRS Taxes + IRS Debt Option Releif

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    Learn the Options to Setle IRS Taxes if You Owe IRS Tax Debt   You will hear the truth from a true IRS experts. Since 1982, Former IRS Agents who Know the System. Free Tax Advice.  1-866-700-1040 We solve Tax Problems, since 1982. Get Free Tax Advice NOW from true IRS tax experts. We will review with you the various options to help get rid of, relieve or eliminate you of your current IRS tax debt in obligation. We will walk through all the programs to see what programs you qualify. Since 1982, Former IRS. We are an affordable professional tax firm that can offer you a free initial tax consultation and walk you through the process if you have a back balance due the Internal Revenue Service. If you have balance due on back taxes and are looking to set up a payment agreement, file firm offer in compromise to settle your back tax debt or you need to file back tax returns call us today for a free initial tax consultation. We have over 95 years … Continue reading

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Free Advice on How to Settle IRS Tax Debt, Former IRS

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      Free Advice on How to Settle IRS Tax Debt   You will hear the truth from a true IRS experts. Since 1982, Former IRS Agents who Know the System. Free Tax Advice. 1-866-700-1040 We solve TaxProblems, since 1982. Get Free Tax Advice NOW. We will review with you the various options to help get rid of, relieve or eliminate you of your current IRS tax debt in obligation. We will walk through all the programs to see what programs you qualify. Since 1982, Former IRS. We are an affordable professional tax firm that can offer you a free initial tax consultation and walk you through the process if you have a back balance due the Internal Revenue Service. If you have balance due on back taxes and are looking to set up a payment agreement, file firm offer in compromise to settle your back tax debt or you need to file back tax returns call us today for a free initial tax consultation. We are an affordable IRS settlement tax firm. It only takes one free Tax … Continue reading

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Different Ways to Get Rid of IRS TaxDebt, Former IRS

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    You will hear the truth from a true IRS experts. Since 1982, Former IRS Agents who Know the System. Free Tax Advice. We solve TaxProblems, since 1982. Get Free Tax Advice NOW. We will review with you the various options to help get rid of, relieve or eliminate you of your current IRS tax debt in obligation. We will walk through all the programs to see what programs you qualify. Since 1982, Former IRS. We are an affordable professional tax firm that can offer you a free initial tax consultation and walk you through the process if you have a back balance due the Internal Revenue Service. If you have balance due on back taxes and are looking to set up a payment agreement, file firm offer in compromise to settle your back tax debt or you need to file back tax returns call us today for a free initial tax consultation. We are an affordable IRS settlement tax firm. It only takes one free Tax Consult. We have over 95 years of direct IRS work experience. We … Continue reading

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Signs of Identity Theft

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    IRS, States, Industry Urge Taxpayers to Learn Signs of Identity Theft No matter how careful you are, identity thieves may be able to steal your personal information. If this happens, thieves try to turn that data quickly into cash by filing fraudulent tax returns. The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry ask for your help in their effort to combat identity theft and fraudulent returns. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference. That’s why we launched a public awareness campaign called “Taxes. Security. Together.” We’ve also started a new series of security awareness tips that can help protect you from cybercriminals. Here are a few signs that you may be a victim of tax-related identity theft: 1. Your attempt to file your tax return electronically is rejected. You get a message saying a return with a duplicate Social Security number has been filed. First, check to make sure you did not transpose any numbers. Also, make sure one of your dependents, for example, your college-age child, did not file a tax return … Continue reading

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Income Taxes and Selling a Home, What you need to Know, Former IRS

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  Tips to Keep in Mind on Income Taxes and Selling a Home   Homeowners may qualify to exclude from their income all or part of any gain from the sale of their main home. Below are tips to keep in mind when selling a home: Ownership and Use. To claim the exclusion, the homeowner must meet the ownership and use tests. This means that during the five-year period ending on the date of the sale, the homeowner must have: • Owned the home for at least two years • Lived in the home as their main home for at least two years Gain.  If there is a gain from the sale of their main home, the homeowner may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from income or $500,000 on a joint return in most cases. Homeowners who can exclude all of the gain do not need to report the sale on their tax return Loss.  A main home that sells for lower than purchased is not deductible. Reporting a Sale.  Reporting the sale of a … Continue reading

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Taxpayers Guide to Identity Theft + Use this Guide For Help + Former IRS

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  Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft For 2017, the IRS, the states and the tax industry joined together to enact new safeguards and take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft. Many of these safeguards will be invisible to you, but invaluable to our fight against these criminal syndicates. If you prepare your own return with tax software, you will see new log-on standards. Some states also have taken additional steps. See your state revenue agency’s web site for additional details. We also know identity theft is a frustrating process for victims. If you become a victim, we are committed to resolving your case as quickly as possible.   What is tax-related identity theft? Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.

You may be unaware that this has happened until you efile your return and discover that a return already has been filed using your SSN. Or, the IRS may send you a letter saying we have identified a suspicious return using your SSN. Know the warning … Continue reading

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Renting Out Residential or Vacation Property + Tax Tips

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    Plan Ahead for Tax Time When Renting Out Residential or Vacation Property Summertime is a time of year when people rent out their property. In addition to the standard clean up and maintenance, owners need to be aware of the tax implications of residential and vacation home rentals. Receiving money for the use of a dwelling also used as a taxpayer’s personal residence generally requires reporting the rental income on a tax return. It also means certain expenses become deductible to reduce the total amount of rental income that’s subject to tax.   Dwelling Unit. This may be a house, an apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, vacation home or similar property. It’s possible to use more than one dwelling unit as a residence during the year.   Used as a Home. The dwelling unit is considered to be used as a residence if the taxpayer uses it for personal purposes during the tax year for more than the greater of: 14 days   or 10% of the total days rented to others at a fair rental price. Rental expenses … Continue reading

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Get IRS Tax Information for Student Financial Aid Applications

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    IRS Offers Help to Students, Families to Get Tax Information for Student Financial Aid Applications   The U.S. Department of Education today announced the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is now available for borrowers applying for an income-driven repayment plan. New encryption protections have been added to the Data Retrieval Tool to further protect taxpayer information. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will return Oct. 1, 2017, on the online 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Update April 7, 2017: See Also: Questions and Answers: Mailings about suspicious activity related to the DRT and FAFSA Update March 30, 2017: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement‎ about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) You must have information from your tax return in order to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or apply for an income-driven repayment plan. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) used to access your tax information for the FAFSA and income-driven repayment (IDR) plan applications is currently unavailable. This does not limit … Continue reading

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