Tax Administration: Many Taxpayers Rely on Tax Software and IRS Needs to Assess Associated Risks

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Individual taxpayers used commercial tax software to prepare over 39 million tax returns in 2007, making it critical to the tax administration system. The majority were then filed electronically, resulting in fewer errors and reduced processing costs compared to paper returns. GAO was asked to assess what is known about how pricing of tax software influences electronic filing, the extent to which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides oversight of the software industry, and the risks to tax administration from using tax software. To do so, ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. February 25, 2009.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Individual taxpayers used commercial tax software to prepare over 39 million tax returns in 2007, making it critical to the tax administration system. The majority were then filed electronically, resulting in fewer errors and reduced processing costs compared to paper returns. GAO was asked to assess what is known about how pricing of tax software influences electronic filing, the extent to which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides oversight of the software industry, and the risks to tax administration from using tax software. To do so, GAO analyzed software prices, met with IRS and software company officials, examined IRS policies, and reviewed what is known about the accuracy, security, and reliability of tax software."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Tax Administration: Many Taxpayers Rely on Tax Software and IRS Needs to Assess Associated Risks, report, February 25, 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302700/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.