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TIGTA Report: IRS Should Modernize Process of Filing Amended Tax Returns

July 11, 2014 Comments off

TIGTA Report: IRS Should Modernize Process of Filing Amended Tax Returns
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should revise Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to allow for corrections to original tax return filings and expand e-filing to include amended tax returns, according to a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Taxpayers currently file Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct previously filed income tax returns. Claims filed on an amended tax return can relate to any item of income, loss, exclusion, deduction, or credit and may result in a tax refund. The IRS received more than four million amended tax returns in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.

This audit was initiated because previous TIGTA audits have identified problems with IRS processes for verifying claims on amended tax returns. The objective of this review was to determine whether the IRS has controls in place to ensure that claims for refunds on amended tax returns are appropriate.

TIGTA found that the IRS could reduce erroneous refunds, processing costs, and taxpayer burden by revising the Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to allow for corrections to original tax return filings and expand e-filing to include amended tax returns. TIGTA’s review of a statistical sample of 259 amended tax returns claiming tax refunds of $500 or more in FY 2012 identified 44 (17 percent) tax returns for which the IRS issued potentially erroneous tax refunds totaling $103,270.

Based on the sample results, TIGTA estimates the IRS may have issued more than $439 million in potentially erroneous tax refunds claimed on 187,421 amended tax returns during FY 2012. As such, the IRS could issue more than $2.1 billion in potentially erroneous tax refunds claimed on amended tax returns over the next five years.

In addition, TIGTA estimates that allowing taxpayers to amend their tax return by e-filing a modified Form 1040 could have potentially saved more than $17 million in processing costs during Fiscal Year 2012.

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New From the GAO

July 7, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Pension Advance Transactions: Questionable Business Practices Identified. GAO-14-420, June 4.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-420
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/663799.pdf

2. Private Pensions: Targeted Revisions Could Improve Usefulness of Form 5500 Information. GAO-14-441, June 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-441
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/663854.pdf

3. IRS Correspondence Audits: Better Management Could Improve Tax Compliance and Reduce Taxpayer Burden. GAO-14-479, June 5.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-479
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/663839.pdf

TIGTA — The Taxpayer Advocate Service Can Improve the Processing of Systemic Burden Cases

July 6, 2014 Comments off

The Taxpayer Advocate Service Can Improve the Processing of Systemic Burden Cases
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS
Congress established the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate to assist taxpayers who experience difficulties resolving their tax problems with the IRS or receiving timely and appropriate responses to their inquiries. Many of these taxpayer issues fall under the category of systemic burden which involves instances in which an IRS process, system, or procedure has not operated as intended. It is important that the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) effectively and efficiently assists taxpayers with systemic burden cases to ensure that taxpayers are not further harmed by problems with IRS processes.

WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT
This audit was initiated because TAS responses to systemic burden cases affect more than 85,000 taxpayers each year. TIGTA’s overall objective was to determine whether the TAS has an effective system to process taxpayer requests for relief due to systemic burden.

WHAT TIGTA FOUND
The TAS properly exercised its authorities when taking account-related actions to assist taxpayers. For example, TAS personnel can input a change of address to a taxpayer account, but the TAS does not have the authority to accept or deny requests for penalty abatements.

However, TIGTA’s review of the TAS’s handling of a statistical sample of cases found several areas where taxpayer service could be improved. Specifically, TIGTA identified in more than one-half of the cases that TAS personnel bypassed taxpayers’ authorized representatives, made unauthorized disclosures to third parties, or made numerous processing errors.

To help keep its workload manageable, the TAS has policies in place as to which types of cases it will accept and which it will refer to other IRS functions. However, the TAS often accepted cases that its policies noted should have been referred to other IRS functions. Accepting these cases increases the TAS’s workload; nonetheless, it is within the TAS’s discretion.

TIGTA identified unreliable data that was captured on the Taxpayer Advocate Management Information System, which could affect management decisions. In the 100 cases TIGTA statistically sampled, more than one-half had incorrect criteria, primary core issues, and/or relief codes.

WHAT TIGTA RECOMMENDED
TIGTA recommended that the National Taxpayer Advocate reissue guidance to TAS personnel explaining the requirement to contact only authorized representatives; review the three potential unauthorized disclosures of tax return information; provide training regarding their systemic burden case acceptance criteria; and reinforce the importance of ensuring that all actions taken on cases are correct and accurate.

In its response, the TAS agreed with seven of the eight recommendations and plans to take corrective actions. For the disagreed recommendation, TIGTA continues to believe that the TAS would benefit from tracking cases that were accepted using TAS’s discretion.

TIGTA — IRS in Compliance with Requirements for Donating, Recycling Unneeded Computers

June 18, 2014 Comments off

IRS in Compliance with Requirements for Donating, Recycling Unneeded Computers
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
From email:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to improve its processes for disposing of unneeded computers, printers, and servers, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

TIGTA reviewed the accuracy of the disposal asset inventory and the IRS’s actions taken or planned to fulfill General Services Administration (GSA) requirements.

While the IRS is complying with GSA requirements to recycle or donate used information technology (IT) equipment, TIGTA found several areas for improvement. According to the report, the IRS needs to: improve documentation to ensure compliance with media sanitization guidelines; report any IT equipment that cannot be located to the Computer Security Incident Response Center as required; and improve documentation of disposal actions.

The IRS disposed of 63,031 desktop computers and 44,734 laptops between 2009 and 2012 through a combination of recycling and donating to schools. However, it does not effectively track which equipment is recycled or donated, making it difficult to measure compliance with GSA requirements.

TIGTA made eight recommendations to improve documentation of the removal of all data from IT equipment before it is donated and the equipment’s final destination, and the reporting of lost or stolen equipment. The IRS agreed with TIGTA’s recommendations and is taking actions to implement them.

High-Income Tax Returns for 2011

June 12, 2014 Comments off

High-Income Tax Returns for 2011 (PDF)
Source: Internal Revenue Service

The Tax Reform Act of 1976 requires annual publication of data on individual income tax returns reporting incomes of $200,000 or more, including the number of such returns reporting no income tax liability and the importance of various tax provisions in making these returns nontaxable. This article presents detailed data for high-income returns for 2011 and summary data for the period 1977 to 2010. Detailed data for the years 1974 through 2010 were published previously. (See the References section for more details.)

For 2011, the number of expanded-income returns over $200,000 increased 9.4 percent to almost 4.8 million returns. Of these, 15,000 returns had no worldwide income tax liability. This was a 6.7-percent decline in the number of returns with no worldwide income tax li- ability from 2010, and the second decrease in a row since reaching an all-time high of 19,551 returns in 2009.

Significant Discrepancies Exist Between Alimony Deductions Claimed by Payers and Income Reported by Recipients

May 19, 2014 Comments off

Significant Discrepancies Exist Between Alimony Deductions Claimed by Payers and Income Reported by Recipients (PDF)
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
From email:

A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) publicly released today identifies a $2.3 billion gap between the amount of alimony deductions claimed by taxpayers in 2010 and corresponding income reported.

Individuals who pay alimony can deduct the amount paid from income on their tax return to reduce the amount of tax an individual must pay. Alimony recipients must, in turn, claim the amount received as income on their tax return. An alimony income reporting discrepancy occurs either when individuals claim deductions for alimony which they did not pay or individuals do not report alimony income they received.

TIGTA initiated this audit to evaluate whether there is an alimony reporting gap and to assess controls the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has in place to promote alimony reporting compliance.

In Tax Year 2010, 567,887 taxpayers claimed alimony deductions totaling more than $10 billion. TIGTA’s analysis of returns with an alimony deduction claim identified 266,190 (47 percent) tax returns in which it appears that individuals claimed alimony deductions for which income was not reported on a corresponding recipient’s tax return or the amount of alimony income reported did not agree with the amount of the deduction taken. This alimony gap totaled more than $2.3 billion.

Apart from examining a small number of tax returns, the IRS generally has no processes or procedures to address this substantial compliance gap, TIGTA found.

TIGTA Report: IRS Awards Program Complies with Federal Regulations; Some Employees with Tax and Conduct Issues Received Awards

April 23, 2014 Comments off

TIGTA Report: IRS Awards Program Complies with Federal Regulations; Some Employees with Tax and Conduct Issues Received Awards
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

While an award program for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees complies with Federal regulations, some employees with tax and conduct issues received awards, according to a report released publicly today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

“These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance,” said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. “However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay Federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” he added.

TIGTA conducted its audit because new Federal guidance issued in FY 2011 requires agencies to reduce spending on awards programs beginning in FY 2012. The overall objective of TIGTA’s review was to evaluate the IRS’s compliance with procedures for expenditures on awards and to review the IRS’s controls over awards made to employees with conduct and performance issues.

TIGTA found that the IRS awards program complied with Federal requirements to limit awards expenditures and saved additional funds by keeping aggregate incentive payments, individual employee compensation, and aggregate awards below the Federal limits. For FY 2011, the IRS awarded almost $92 million in cash and almost 520,000 hours of time off to 70,500 of its approximately 104,400 employees. For FY 2012, the IRS awarded $86 million in cash and almost 490,000 hours of time off to 67,870 of its approximately 98,000 employees.

However, between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012, more than 2,800 employees with recent substantiated conduct issues resulting in disciplinary action received more than $2.8 million in monetary awards and more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards. Among these, more than 1,100 IRS employees with substantiated Federal tax compliance problems received more than $1 million in cash awards and more than 10,000 hours in time-off awards.

TIGTA recommended that the IRS Human Capital Officer determine the feasibility of implementing a policy requiring management to consider conduct issues resulting in disciplinary actions, especially the nonpayment of taxes, prior to awarding all types of performance and discretionary awards.

The IRS agreed with TIGTA’s recommendation and plans to conduct a study by June 30, 2014 for the implementation of such a policy.

SOI Tax Stats – Corporation Source Book: U.S. Total and Sectors Listing

April 16, 2014 Comments off

SOI Tax Stats – Corporation Source Book: U.S. Total and Sectors Listing
Source: Internal Revenue Service

The 2011 Corporation Source Book is now available on the IRS Tax Stats Webpages. This publication presents balance sheet, income statement, tax, and other selected items, by size of total assets for all returns with and without net income, and returns with net income only. Data tables are available by industrial groupings based upon the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Separate data tables are available for S corporations at the highest level of industry groupings. The Source Book contains over 700 Excel tables in separately grouped zip files.

Millions of Dollars in Potentially Improper Claims for the Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions Credit Are Not Pursued

April 10, 2014 Comments off

Millions of Dollars in Potentially Improper Claims for the Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions Credit Are Not Pursued (PDF)
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

For Tax Year 2011, TIGTA determined that taxpayers potentially made approximately $53 million in improper claims for contributions made to a qualifying retirement account. Based on a comparison with third party data, these claims appear to be potentially either false or overstated. In the future, if the IRS identifies and addresses taxpayers who are potentially ineligible to receive the saver’s credit, it could recover approximately $264 million over five years.

IRS — Improvement Is Needed to Better Enable Frontline Employee Identification of Potentially Dangerous and Caution Upon Contact Designations

March 28, 2014 Comments off

Improvement Is Needed to Better Enable Frontline Employee Identification of Potentially Dangerous and Caution Upon Contact Designations
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS
The IRS has approximately 25,000 employees who have direct contact with taxpayers and their representatives (hereafter referred to as frontline employees). The safety of its employees is a top priority for the IRS. As such, the IRS has programs to help protect employees when interacting with individuals who are known to be violent, abusive, or pose some other type of danger. Examples include the Potentially Dangerous Taxpayer (PDT) and Caution Upon Contact (CAU) programs.

WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT
This audit was initiated in response to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Office of Investigations referral that identified paid tax return preparers who may pose a threat to IRS employees conducting official business. Frontline IRS employees can be exposed to many difficult, threatening, and dangerous situations. The overall objective of this review was to determine the adequacy of processes and procedures for employees who have direct contact with taxpayer representatives to identify those representatives who are designated as potentially dangerous or who need to be approached with caution upon contact.

WHAT TIGTA FOUND
The IRS has not developed sufficient procedures to enable frontline employees to readily identify whether a taxpayer representative has been designated as PDT or CAU. While a frontline employee can research an individual’s tax account for the PDT or CAU designation using the individual’s Social Security Number (SSN), the employee typically does not have a taxpayer representative’s SSN. The employee generally must search for the representative’s tax account using the representative’s name. Without the SSN, the employee is unable to definitively identify and examine the representative’s tax account for a PDT or CAU indicator.

As of August 29, 2013, the IRS designated 84 taxpayer representatives with a PDT or CAU indicator. Although this number is a small percentage of the 2.3 million representatives in the Centralized Authorization File, the safety of frontline employees, others working in the same facilities, and taxpayers is at risk when these employees unknowingly meet with potentially dangerous taxpayer representatives. IRS employees reported four incidents of physical assault by taxpayer representatives in Calendar Years 2010 through 2012. The IRS agreed that even one assault is one too many.

WHAT TIGTA RECOMMENDED
TIGTA recommended that the Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement: 1) develop a process to enable frontline employees to readily access information that identifies whether a taxpayer representative has been designated as a PDT or CAU; and 2) ensure that internal guidance is updated with procedures to research taxpayer representative designations and that outreach and training is performed to ensure that frontline employees are knowledgeable of the revised process.

IRS management’s response to the report states that they believe their current procedures are appropriate to ensure the safety of employees. However, TIGTA remains concerned that frontline employees do not have a process to readily identify whether a taxpayer representative has been designated as PDT or CAU.

IRS Releases FY 2013 Data Book

March 27, 2014 Comments off

IRS Releases FY 2013 Data Book
Source: Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2013 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.
The report describes activities conducted by the IRS from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, and includes information about returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement, taxpayer assistance and the IRS budget and workforce, among others.

During fiscal year 2013, the IRS collected almost $2.9 trillion in federal revenue and processed 240 million returns, of which 151 million were filed electronically. Out of the 146 million individual income tax returns filed, almost 83 percent were e-filed. More than 118 million individual income tax return filers received a tax refund, which totaled almost $312.8 billion. On average, the IRS spent 41 cents to collect $100 in tax revenue during the fiscal year, matching low-cost results for 2008 and 2001.

The IRS examined just under one percent of all tax returns filed and about one percent of all individual income tax returns during fiscal year 2013. Of the 1.4 million individual tax returns examined, over 39,000 resulted in additional refunds. The IRS provided taxpayer assistance through 456 million visits to IRS.gov and assisted almost 91 million taxpayers through its toll-free telephone helpline or at walk-in sites.

IRS Notice 2014-21 (FAQ on tax treatment of virtual currency)

March 25, 2014 Comments off

IRS Notice 2014-21 (PDF)
Source: Internal Revenue Service

For federal tax purposes, virtual currency is treated as property. General tax principles applicable to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency.

Internal Revenue Service’s Executive Long-Term Taxable Travel

February 24, 2014 Comments off

Internal Revenue Service’s Executive Long-Term Taxable Travel (PDF)
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

We reviewed the travel records for 31 executives, less than 10 percent of the IRS executives employed, to determine whether their travel appeared to be properly classified as taxable or nontaxable. We found that the tax classification of travel for nine executives appeared to be incorrect based on their travel patterns and the IRS’s validation, and for three executives, the classification was not made in a timely manner as required by Internal Revenue Manual 1.32.11.9, Taxable Travel Reimbursement. 9 Consequently, not all executives who were in a LTTT status were correctly and/or timely classified as such; therefore, the IRS did not withhold the appropriate amount of taxes on the travel reimbursements paid to some executives.

Without an effective periodic assessment and management review of the executives’ travel activities, the IRS cannot verify that its executives’ travel expenses are properly classified as LTTT when they should be. The inaccurate reporting of the LTTT resulted in the executives’ potentially underreporting income, Federal, State, Medicare, and Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes.

IRS — Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen To Expatriate

February 12, 2014 Comments off

Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen To Expatriate (PDF)
Source: Internal Revenue Service (via Federal Register)

This notice is provided in accordance with IRC section 6039G of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996, as amended. This listing contains the name of each individual losing United States citizenship (within the meaning of section 877(a) or 877A) with respect to whom the Secretary received information during the quarter ending December 31, 2013. For purposes of this listing, long-term residents, as defined in section 877(e)(2), are treated as if they were citizens of the United States who lost citizenship.

National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) Annual Report to Congress 2013

January 13, 2014 Comments off

National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) Annual Report to Congress 2013
Source: Taxpayer Advocate Service (IRS)

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2013 annual report to Congress, urging the Internal Revenue Service to adopt a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights – a step she said would increase trust in the agency and, more generally, strengthen its ability to serve taxpayers and collect tax. The Advocate also expressed deep concern that the IRS is not adequately funded to serve taxpayers, pointing out that the IRS annually receives more than 100 million telephone calls from taxpayers and that, in fiscal year 2013, the IRS could only answer 61 percent of calls from taxpayers seeking to speak with an IRS customer service representative.

IRS Vendors Owe Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Federal Tax Debt

December 24, 2013 Comments off

IRS Vendors Owe Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Federal Tax Debt
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

More than 1,100 vendors doing business with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) owe a combined $589 million in Federal tax debt, according to a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Federal law generally prohibits agencies from contracting with businesses that have unpaid Federal tax liabilities.

TIGTA reviewed the IRS’s controls over the integrity and validity of vendors receiving payments from the IRS, including the vendor’s tax compliance and suspension and debarment status. TIGTA also reviewed controls over the IRS’s Vendor Master File (VMF), which contains information about vendors that enables them to do business with the IRS.

The vast majority of vendors that conduct business with the IRS meet their Federal tax obligations. However, TIGTA found that 1,168 IRS vendors (7 percent) had a combined $589 million of Federal tax debt as of July 2012, the most recent data for which information was available at the time TIGTA conducted the review. Few of the vendors had a current tax payment plan.

More than 122 million Returns e-Filed in 2013

December 5, 2013 Comments off

More than 122 million Returns e-Filed in 2013
Source: Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service today announced a milestone for IRS e-file – more than 122 million returns were e-filed during 2013. The statistics provided today contain complete e-file totals for 2013.

This year, the IRS received more than 45.2 million returns from those who prepared and e-filed their own returns on home computers, up from 43.2 million a year earlier, an increase of 4.6 percent. E-filed returns from tax professionals increased slightly, totaling more than 77 million returns. Whether they are self prepared or prepared by a tax return preparer, 91 percent of all tax returns filed by individuals are prepared on computers using tax preparation software, which improves the accuracy of those returns.

The IRS Needs to Improve Its Procedures to Ensure That Taxpayers Can Successfully Access Their Tax Account Information Online in a Secure Manner

December 5, 2013 Comments off

The IRS Needs to Improve Its Procedures to Ensure That Taxpayers Can Successfully Access Their Tax Account Information Online in a Secure Manner
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

The IRS should develop better procedures to provide taxpayers with secure online access to their tax account information. This is the finding of a new audit report issued today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA 98) requires the IRS to develop procedures to allow taxpayers filing returns electronically to review their accounts online. Since the enactment of this legislation, the IRS initiated the My IRS Account project to provide taxpayers with an online system to view, access, update, and manage their tax account. After 32 months of development and approximately $10 million in expenditures, the project was cancelled due to an ineffective enterprise-wide eAuthentication solution. eAuthentication is the process of establishing and verifying user identities electronically to a system.

TIGTA conducted this audit at the request of the IRS Oversight Board and found that none of the current applications that the IRS has developed and implemented met the intent of RRA 98. These applications only allow taxpayers to view a limited portion of their tax account information or to request tax transcripts be sent to certain lending institutions electronically. The IRS is planning to deploy the Get Transcript application in January 2014 and will enable taxpayers to access their tax account to obtain transcript information via the Internet.

TIGTA also determined that the IRS successfully deployed an eAuthentication solution for applications already deployed. However, the IRS has not completed required capacity testing to ensure the online applications can support the expected number of users. TIGTA also noted that cost information for the project was not readily obtainable for project management.

Improvements Needed to ACA Health Care Premium Tax Credit Project

December 5, 2013 Comments off

Improvements Needed to ACA Health Care Premium Tax Credit Project
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to strengthen systems development controls for the Premium Tax Credit (PTC) Project, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) concludes in a new report publicly released today.

The PTC is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning January 2014, eligible taxpayers who purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace (an Exchange) may qualify for and request a refundable tax credit (the PTC) to assist with paying their health insurance premium. The credit is claimed on the taxpayer’s Federal tax return at the end of each coverage year. Because it is a refundable credit, taxpayers who have little or no income tax liability can still benefit. The PTC can also be paid in advance to a taxpayer’s health insurance provider to help cover the cost of premiums. This credit is referred to as the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC).

The IRS’s implementation plan for ACA Exchange provisions includes providing information that will support the Department of Health and Human Services and the Exchanges in three main areas: eligibility and enrollment; developing calculations for the maximum APTC; and reconciling PTCs with reported taxable income.

TIGTA reviewed whether the IRS is adequately managing systems development risks for the PTC Project. TIGTA evaluated the IRS’s key management controls and processes for risk management, requirements and change management, testing, security, and fraud detection for the PTC Project.

TIGTA found that the IRS has completed development and testing of the software used to calculate the Advanced Premium Tax Credit and the Remainder Benchmark Household Contribution (RBHC) which is the household’s contribution towards the monthly insurance premium.

In addition, the IRS developed a process to verify the accuracy of the PTC calculations. Based on an analysis of IRS test cases for the software, TIGTA was able to replicate the IRS’s results showing that the software accurately calculated the maximum APTC and RBHC amounts for eight specific test cases within the IRS test environment. While the IRS was able to accurately calculate the maximum APTC amounts within the software testing environment, TIGTA was unable to assess the software’s full operational capabilities based on the test cases.

New From the GAO

September 26, 2013 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Federal Information Security: Mixed Progress in Implementing Program Components; Improved Metrics Needed to Measure Effectiveness. GAO-13-776, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-776
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/658202.pdf

2. Public Transit: Transit Agencies’ Use of Contracting to Provide Service. GAO-13-782, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-782
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/658172.pdf

Related Product

Public Transit: Survey of Public Transit Agency Officials on Contracting Out Public Transit Operations and Other Services. GAO-13-824SP, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-824SP

3. Prepositioned Stocks: Inconsistencies in DOD’s Annual Report Underscore the Need for Overarching Strategic Guidance and Joint Oversight. GAO-13-790, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-790
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/658200.pdf

4. Defense Acquisitions: Navy Strategy for Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System Defers Key Oversight Mechanisms. GAO-13-833, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-833
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/658237.pdf

5. IRS 2014 Budget: Improvements Made to Budget Request and Cost Estimate, but Further Actions Needed. GAO-13-835, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-835
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/658224.pdf

6. U.S. Postal Service: Information on Workforce Injuries Arising During Mail Delivery. GAO-13-847R, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-847R

Testimonies

1. U.S. Postal Service: Health and Pension Benefits Proposals Involve Trade-offs, by Frank Todisco, chief actuary, applied research and methods, and John E. Dicken, director, health care, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-13-872T, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-872T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/658180.pdf

2. Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Planning for a Biometric Air Exit System, by Rebecca Gambler, director, homeland security and justice, before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, House Committee on Homeland Security. GAO-13-853T, September 26.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-853T

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