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Lawmaker Lashes Out at IRS Over Latest TIGTA Findings

Representative Diane Black (R-TN) blasted the IRS on Thursday after a new watchdog report found that the agency had not conducted background checks on some contractors who had access to sensitive taxpayer data.
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Telephone Tax Scam Continues to Rear Its Ugly Head

US tax authorities have determined that 1,100 victims have lost an estimated $5 million due to a sophisticated nationwide phone scam, in which the fraudsters claim to be from the IRS and demand money.
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Tax-Exempt Groups Owe Millions in Tax Debt: Report

More than 64,200 tax-exempt organizations owed nearly $875 million in back taxes to the federal government, 69 percent of which were payroll taxes and related penalties and interest, as of June 16, 2012, according to a TIGTA report released on Wednesday.
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IRS Gets Pat on the Back for Accurate ACA Eligibility Data

A new TIGTA report found that in nearly all instances, the nation's tax agency correctly provided income and family size information to health insurance exchanges to determine the eligibility of individuals for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
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Are IRS Revenue Agents Being Fair?

A TIGTA report identifies a couple of cases where revenue officers made mistakes, but for the most part gives the Service a clean bill of health. Indeed, TIGTA made no recommendations at all.
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Expecting a Tax Refund? Not So Fast!

The IRS can hold back tax refunds of taxpayers for up to six months while it examines their tax returns from other years. It can then use the refund to offset the tax liability. And the program may expand further.
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IRS Responds to TIGTA Report on Bonuses

The agency said it is developing a policy linking conduct to performance awards for executives and senior-level employees – and a similar policy for all IRS employees will be considered.
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IRS: Beware of New E-mail Phishing Scam

This latest phishing scheme involves e-mails to taxpayers that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The bogus e-mails direct the recipient to click on links to web pages that solicit personal information.
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TIGTA Says IRS Needs to Upgrade Travel Procedures

In a new report released yesterday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) says some IRS executives have been dodging taxes on travel excursions.
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IRS Modernized e-File System Gets a Good TIGTA Review

In a report released publicly by TIGTA concluded the IRS Modernized e-File (MeF) system has successfully replaced the agency's Legacy e-File system as the primary e-filing platform for individual tax returns during the 2013 filing season.
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IRS Testing BYOD Policy for Employees

The IRS is piloting a program that would allow employees access to work e-mail and other services on their personal smartphones, but according TIGTA, the IRS program should be cost effective and a full cost-benefit analysis is needed.
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TIGTA Report: IRS Needs to Make Virtual Servers More Secure

The IRS has made significant strides in expanding its virtual environment, but more attention is needed to ensure its virtual server configurations are secure, according to a report released by the TIGTA.
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TIGTA Says IRS Efforts on International Tax Compliance Succeeding

The IRS International Campus Compliance Unit has improved international tax compliance of individuals to the tune of 18,000 audits conducted and approximately $36 million in additional taxes assessed for fiscal years 2011 through 2013.
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TIGTA: IRS Improperly Enforced Law Penalizing Erroneous Claims

A November 12 report released from TIGTA found the IRS significantly limited the number of erroneous tax refund and improper tax credit claims on which it could assess penalties.
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TIGTA Reports Examine IRS Identity Theft Processes, Services

Identity theft was the focus of two reports released by the TIGTA – the first concluding the IRS issued billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds, and the second finding the IRS needs to improve customer service efforts for identity theft victims.
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Some IRS Security Program Areas Not Compliant under FISMA

A new TIGTA report stipulated that until the IRS takes steps to fully implement all eleven security program areas covered by FISMA, "taxpayer data will remain vulnerable to inappropriate use, modification, or disclosure – possibly without being detected."
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TIGTA Says IRS Needs to Improve Emergency Preparedness

As the IRS continues to get back on its feet following the sixteen-day federal government shutdown, a new report released October 30 by the TIGTA concluded the IRS needs to improve certain aspects of its continuity program.
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TIGTA Wants IRS to Take Steps to Prevent Fraudulent Refunds

After reviewing the IRS's primary tool for detecting fraudulent tax returns, the TIGTA recommended the IRS take steps to fix ineffective income and withholding verification processes that are resulting in the agency issuing potentially fraudulent tax refunds.
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TIGTA: IRS Contractor Employees Owe $5.4 Million in Tax Debts

A report released October 23 from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) revealed that hundreds of IRS contractor employees owe millions of dollars in federal tax debt.
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TIGTA Report: The IRS Must Do More to Reduce Improper Payments

The IRS has made no significant improvement in reducing improper Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments, according to a report publicly released October 22, 2013, by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

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