IRS Referral Program for Suspected Tax Fraud: Issues and Assessments


Keith Watkins (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: BUS064000

Reports by the public of suspected underreporting of taxes or other tax violations can help IRS detect millions of dollars in taxes that would otherwise go uncollected. Productive referrals can help address the net $385 billion tax gap—the difference between the amount of taxes paid voluntarily on time and the amount owed. IRS received about 87,000 information referrals in fiscal year 2015. This book describes IRS’s process for screening and routing information referrals; assesses the controls for the information referral screening and routing process; and evaluates the coordination between the information referral process, the Whistleblower Office, and other IRS referral programs. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. IRS Referral Programs: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Controls and Increase Coordination across Overlapping Programs
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 2. Taxpayer Referrals of Suspected Tax Fraud Result in Tax Assessments, but Processing of the Referrals Could Be Improved
(Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration)


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