Management Report: Review of Controls over Safeguarding Taxpayer Receipts and Information at the Brookhaven Service Center Campus

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This report responds to a Congressional request that, in conjunction with our audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal year 2004 financial statements, we review the agency's procedures for handling and processing receipts and taxpayer information at the Brookhaven service center campus. As a result of the increased percentage of taxpayers filing returns electronically, IRS designed a detailed business plan to reduce the number of service center campuses that process paper returns. In fiscal year 2004, Brookhaven became the first service center campus to downsize its submission ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. March 10, 2005.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This report responds to a Congressional request that, in conjunction with our audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal year 2004 financial statements, we review the agency's procedures for handling and processing receipts and taxpayer information at the Brookhaven service center campus. As a result of the increased percentage of taxpayers filing returns electronically, IRS designed a detailed business plan to reduce the number of service center campuses that process paper returns. In fiscal year 2004, Brookhaven became the first service center campus to downsize its submission processing function, leading to changes in its operations and a significant reduction in the volume of taxpayer receipts and information processed. Congress requested this review in light of these significant changes in operations and IRS's desire to benefit from the Brookhaven experience in planning for future submission processing rampdowns. Specifically, we were asked to (1) review the policies and procedures IRS developed to safeguard and process taxpayer receipts and information at the modified Brookhaven operation and (2) offer recommendations, if any, for improving internal controls at Brookhaven and at other submission processing centers that will undergo future rampdowns. To accommodate the request, we agreed to add a review of the mail control function at the Brookhaven service center campus to our tests of internal controls conducted as part of our audit of IRS's fiscal year 2004 financial statements. We have performed extensive work in reviewing internal controls designed to safeguard taxpayer receipts and information as part of our annual financial audits of IRS. In performing this work, we have come to recognize the significance and importance of the submission processing function to IRS and the potential for loss, theft, or misuse of taxpayer receipts and information if controls are not properly designed and effectively implemented. Our audits have identified weaknesses in internal controls over the safeguarding of taxpayer receipts and information related to submission processing activities at IRS's service center campuses, lockbox banks, and field offices. In reviewing the Brookhaven rampdown procedures, we considered the internal control weaknesses previously found at other service center campuses."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Management Report: Review of Controls over Safeguarding Taxpayer Receipts and Information at the Brookhaven Service Center Campus, text, March 10, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296091/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.