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IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller Resigns Over Scandal

Steven Miller, a twenty-five-year veteran of the IRS who has been the agency's acting commissioner since November 2012, resigned from his post on May 15, less than a week after the IRS admitted to and apologized for improperly scrutinizing the federal tax-exempt status of conservative groups.

Justice Department Investigating IRS' Targeting of Conservative Groups

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, one day after he announced the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation of the IRS for improperly scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles, such as "tea party" or "patriot," in their applications.

Obama: IRS' Targeting of Conservative Groups 'Outrageous'

President Barack Obama says he will not tolerate political bias at the IRS and promised to get to the bottom of the agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups. The IRS apologized on May 10 for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles, such as "tea party" or "patriot," in their names.

Pace of Tax Return Filings Slower than Last Year

It looks like the last-minute run-up to the April 15 tax deadline has been particularly frantic for accountants, taxpayers, and the IRS this year. According to TIGTA, as of March 9, the IRS had received more than 65 million tax returns, down from the nearly 72 million returns filed during the same period in 2012.

TIGTA Addresses IRS' Trouble Processing Foreign Currency Tax Payments

The IRS is often unable to process tax payments made in foreign currencies on a timely basis or at favorable exchange rates, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

TIGTA Says IRS CAP Program Works But Needs Additional Assessment

The TIGTA said in a report publicly issued March 26, that the CAP program, a new cooperative effort between the IRS and business taxpayers to conduct real-time audits, is receiving positive feedback, but it may not be cost-efficient.

IRS Employees Need More Training in Dealing with Troubled Taxpayers

Many IRS workers don't have sufficient training in dealing with potentially dangerous taxpayers, despite several programs developed to address such situations, according to a report issued March 12 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

TIGTA to IRS: Get Tough on Noncash Charitable Contributions

TIGTA estimates that more than 273,000 taxpayers claimed about $3.8 billion in potentially erroneous noncash charitable contributions in tax year 2010, which resulted in an estimated $1.1 billion reduction in tax.

Modern Problems: IRS Computers Show Flaws

In a new report, TIGTA said that the IRS has made strides in developing and implementing significant IT capabilities during the past year, but still needs to make improvements.

Tax Credits and Fraud Create Challenges for IRS

According to a new report from the TIGTA, the IRS processed most tax returns on a timely basis during the last tax season, but challenges included problems with tax credits and more fraud attempts than the previous year.

IRS Told to Improve Controls over Refundable Tax Credits

The IRS may never recover millions of dollars in refundable tax credits that were given out erroneously, a new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit report contends.

Firearms Training: IRS Meets the Wild West

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division needs to ensure that its special agents are taking and passing required firearms training, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Tax Preparers Misusing Power of Attorney Forms

Some tax preparers are circumventing standard IRS procedures by using an electronic power of attorney form to obtain tax transcripts, increasing the risk that taxpayer information is being disclosed without proper authorization.

Are IRS Outreach Efforts Working?

The IRS, which has been turning to online services and "facilitated self-assistance" methods to inform taxpayers, needs better information to determine if those efforts are successful, according to a new audit report.

IRS Fraud Detection Failures. Shulman's Job on the Line?

A new report released by the TIGTA accuses IRS agents of "looking the other way" while illegal immigrants were assigned false ITINs. A key member of the House's tax-writing committee is calling for Commissioner Shulman to resign.

Billions in ID Theft Tax Fraud Go Undetected

TIGTA estimates $21 billion could be refunded to identity thieves over the next five years. This is in addition to over $5 billion in tax refunds in 2011.

IRS Visits to Preparers Not Very Productive

A review of the Return Preparer Visitation Project (RPVP) for FY 2011 by TIGTA found that major changes need to be made to the management of the program to improve its effectiveness.

IRS: Too Many No-Change Audits of S-Corps, Partnerships

More than half of IRS audits of partnerships and S-corporations for 2011 closed with no change, according to two reports released recently by the TIGTA.

TIGTA: Adoption Credit Oversight Needs to Improve

Incomplete or missing documentation led the IRS to delay processing 43,295 Adoption Credit claims and approve more than $11 million in erroneous claims, according to a report publicly released by TIGTA.

TIGTA: IRS Can Take Action to Recognize/Investigate Fraud Indicators

By better ensuring that fraud indicators are recognized and properly investigated during field audits of individual tax returns, the IRS could increase revenue by an estimated $20 million a year, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).


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