Internal Revenue Service: Assessment of Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2011 Identified Opportunities to Enhance Transparency

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The financing of the federal government depends importantly on the effectiveness of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) ability to administer the tax laws, including achieving its goals of providing taxpayer services to make voluntary compliance easier and enforcing tax laws to ensure everyone meets their obligations to pay taxes. The President requested $12.6 billion to fund IRS's fiscal year (FY) 2011 operations, including $5.8 billion for enforcement, $4.1 billion for operations support, and $2.3 billion for taxpayer services. Another $387 million is for IRS's Business Systems Modernization (BSM) ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. May 26, 2010.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The financing of the federal government depends importantly on the effectiveness of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) ability to administer the tax laws, including achieving its goals of providing taxpayer services to make voluntary compliance easier and enforcing tax laws to ensure everyone meets their obligations to pay taxes. The President requested $12.6 billion to fund IRS's fiscal year (FY) 2011 operations, including $5.8 billion for enforcement, $4.1 billion for operations support, and $2.3 billion for taxpayer services. Another $387 million is for IRS's Business Systems Modernization (BSM) program, IRS's ongoing effort to improve the agency's tax processing systems. In addition to its annual appropriation, IRS projects that it will also collect and have available to use about $339 million in offsetting collections, including user fees and reimbursable programs. IRS's Strategic Plan 2009-2013 guides budget and program decisions and emphasizes IRS's goals. It recognizes the increasing complexity of tax laws, changing business models, expanding use of electronic data and related security risks, accelerating growth in international tax activities, and growing human capital challenges. With all of these competing priorities for spending in IRS programs, limited resources make it important for Congress and other stakeholders to have sound and transparent information on how proposed spending is related to IRS achieving its goals and whether there are opportunities to revise its plans so that resources expended achieve maximum impact on desired service and enforcement results. Based on Congress' requests, our objectives were to (1) describe IRS's budget and staffing trends for FY 2007 through FY 2011, including funding from other budgetary resources; (2) assess the transparency of IRS's FY 2011 budget justification presentation; (3) assess efficiencies and savings projections in IRS's FY 2011 budget justification; (4) determine how program initiatives and legislative proposals in the budget justification could help IRS address the tax gap and improve taxpayer services; (5) compare the performance goals in the FY 2011 budget justification to performance of prior years; (6) determine whether there is an explicit connection between initiatives in the FY 2011 budget justification and IRS's strategic documents, including the Taxpayer Assistance Blueprint (TAB), the Advancing E-file Study, and the report, Reducing the Federal Tax Gap; (7) describe the justification for the proposed Business Systems Modernization (BSM) funding, including information security; and (8) highlight GAO's open matters for congressional consideration and recommendations for executive action that could result in potential savings or increased revenues."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Internal Revenue Service: Assessment of Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2011 Identified Opportunities to Enhance Transparency, text, May 26, 2010; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296599/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.