Category Archives: TIGTA audits

The Internal Structure of TIGTA

Most of the time the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is described as a government watchdog; an entity charged with keeping tabs on the Internal Revenue Service.  The Honorable J. Russell George, the guy in charge at TIGTA, … Continue reading

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New Commish, 2014 Tax Season, EITC

A few noteworthy events caught my eye in the world of tax relief today. First, the Senate approved Obama’s nomination of John Koskinen in a 59-36 vote, confirming him to fill the top position at the IRS; a position that has been … Continue reading

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1,168 IRS Contractors Owe Taxes

In high school if you hang out with the “wrong crowd” you can acquire an unwanted label and perhaps an unwarranted reputation.  It’s funny how many high school parallels we find in the adult world.  Associating with the wrong business partners can also cause … Continue reading

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EIN Refund Fraud

Tax Refund Fraud.  We’ve seen this happening across the nation in a variety of communities.  The fraudster demographic is also quite diverse: some perpetrators are operating from within experienced fraud rings, some are regular street criminals (or inmates), some are even … Continue reading

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IRS Not Prepared for New ACA Fraud Opportunities

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is concerned that the IRS is not prepared to combat the onslaught of tax fraud that is anticipated once the IRS begins paying premium tax credits associated with the Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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Cindy Thomas Defends “Low-Level” IRS Employees in Sharp Email to Lois Lerner

At the height of the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal, high-level IRS employee Lois Lerner blamed low-level IRS employees in a Cincinnati office for flagging tax-exempt applications that contained words such as “tea party” or “patriot.”  Lerner had said that “line people . … Continue reading

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IRS Hesitates to Enforce Erroneous Refund/Credit Penalty

If you file a tax return and claim a refund, but it turns out that you should not have claimed a refund (or if you claimed an excessive refund), you could be liable for payment of penalties.  Similarly, if you made … Continue reading

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What Kind of a Watchdog is TIGTA?

It seems like about once a month the IRS finds itself in the news headlines, and it is never anything positive.  Often the problem is that they have mismanaged funds one way or another.  This time, ironically, they have been … Continue reading

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IRS Collecting Less Revenue “By Force” . . . For Now

According to the latest TIGTA report, enforcement revenue is down at the IRS.  Enforcement revenue is the money collected through enforced collection activities rather than through voluntary compliance.  Enforcement revenue is down because the IRS has decreased the overall number of … Continue reading

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TIGTA Questions Tax Gap Stats

The most current “tax gap” figure is $450 billion — a little too nicely rounded, isn’t it? Seems like a wild guess, right? Every year Americans collectively owe hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes.  But the IRS is successful in collecting … Continue reading

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