IRS Needs to Improve Assessments of Tax Compliance by Its Own Employees, Report Says

The IRS does not always follow its own procedures for reviewing compliance with tax laws by its own employees, resulting in inaccurate and inconsistent determinations, an IG report has found.

“As the agency responsible for administering federal tax law, IRS employees have a higher expectation and responsibility for full tax compliance,” a report said, noting that a 1998 law requires the firing of any IRS employee for willfully failing to timely file a tax return and for willfully understating tax liability—among the “Ten Deadly Sins” for which firing is mandatory under that law.

Auditors reviewed a sample of 50 of the 1,250 such cases from fiscal 2017—in which management found willful violations in just 90—and found that in 21, management “did not make a proper determination of willfulness as required” and in seven, management “did not include required documentation to support the determination of willfulness.”

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