Category Archives: Tax Policy and Administration

Effects of IRS Challenges on Taxpayers

For most people, today is the last day to file your taxes. IRS has faced many challenges this filing season, including finding better ways to help taxpayers, combating identity theft refund fraud, and navigating new health insurance tax reporting requirements—while … Continue reading

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AskGAOLive: Tax Filing and Tax Fraud

With the tax filing season in full swing, IRS is processing  tax returns and providing a range of related services for tens of millions of taxpayers. At the same time, fraudsters are busy filing fraudulent returns using legitimate taxpayers’ identifying information … Continue reading

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Tax Expenditures: Spending through the Tax Code

As we near the end of the year, you may be trying to make charitable donations so you can take a tax deduction. The charitable donation deduction is one of many special tax provisions that can reduce the amount of … Continue reading

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Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud

Back in January, for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, we identified the two major types of tax-related identity fraud: refund fraud, and employment fraud. Earlier this week, we released a new report on identity theft tax refund fraud. In the … Continue reading

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As Tax Day Arrives, How Is IRS Managing the Filing Season?

Today is the deadline for filing federal individual income tax returns. By this point in time, if you needed to ask IRS questions about tax laws or your account, you’ve probably already been through the process at least once. If … Continue reading

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AskGAOLive: IRS Securing Financial and Taxpayer Data

What happens to all the personal data you send to IRS with your tax return? Join us for a chat about IRS controls to secure your data from threats, today at 2:00pm ET. You can send us your questions in … Continue reading

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Is College Part of Your Life Plan? Make Sure it’s Part of Your Tax Plan, Too

You probably already know that federal grants and loans can play an important role in making higher education more affordable. What you may not know is that the tax code also helps many people pay for college by encouraging savings, … Continue reading

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Know the Types of Tax Identity Fraud

Tax filing season will begin soon and the Federal Trade Commission has named January 13-17th Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to raise awareness and provide people with tips on how to protect themselves. We have done work on tax-related identity … Continue reading

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