Thursday, May 19, 2011

IRS Advances Technology for Spotting Tax Fraud -- You Need to Be Pro-Active

IRS Advances Technology for Spotting Tax Fraud 

and 

Increased Collections


The IRS is increasing their ability to spot tax fraud as well as increase the ability to collect revenue. 

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman described the IRS’s efforts at improving the agency’s technology to detect tax fraud and ferret out unreported sources of income during a speech Wednesday.

Shulman described how the IRS is using advanced analytics technology and increased information reporting requirements to find problems with the information that taxpayers are self-reporting.




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Shulman noted that the IRS has always been an information intensive enterprise. “It’s the organization of data and ultimately the knowledge and intelligence we extract from the information we receive that really matters,” he said. “It can show us the areas of greatest non-compliance...and thereby, contributes to more efficient and effective compliance programs.”

Do You have a Tax Liability

Do Yo Have Unfiled Tax Returns

Shulman described how the IRS is now using analytical technology to crunch the data.

“We (the IRS) also are working to ensure that we continually analyze data about taxpayer trends, and use that data to improve our compliance operations,” he said. “I created an office of compliance data analytics—reporting directly to me—that works with our business units to create hypotheses of ways to improve compliance; launches pilots to test those hypotheses; and then changes business operations when the pilot turns out to be fruitful. The goal is to up our game, and take full advantage of the advances in technology and analytics to continually update and modernize the way we do business (doing business means collecting money).”

Shulman said that one piece of the IRS’s technology will finally be in place for next tax filing season, the long-awaited customer account data engine upgrade. “Since the late 1980s, the IRS has been trying to move its core account database, which holds basic taxpayer information, such as your current account balance, whether you have outstanding amounts due, and whether you’ve made any recent payments, from a weekly or bi-weekly batch processing cycle to a daily cycle,” he said. “The promise is quicker refunds for all taxpayers, up-to-date information at the fingertips of our customer account representatives, and a platform for more real-time analytics and compliance. We are now on track to deliver this relational account database for the tax filing season commencing in January 2012—a major milestone for the tax system and the IRS.”

What Does This Mean to You

What this means is that the IRS will be able to track you down. If you have an IRS tax liability, the IRS will have the ability to find you faster than they previously could. If you have a tax liability, you can find yourself facing an IRS Levy. The IRS will find your employer, your bank account or any other asset faster than ever.

What Can You Do

1. If you have unfiled tax returns, get them filed immediately. 
2. If you had some unfortunate circumstances that resulted in a "reasonable cause" for having not filed or not  having paid your taxes, you can file for a Penalty Abatement and reduce or eliminate the penalties.
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What Not to Do

Continue to do nothing will result in added penalties and interest and the IRS will seize your paycheck, your wages, your Social Security, your bank account, your auto, your assets.

“As we (the IRS) increased our enforcement efforts and gained significant momentum, we gave taxpayers their best chance to come in voluntarily and avoid going to jail,” he said. “Now, in a typical year, we get 100 or so taxpayers who use our voluntary disclosure program. For this program, we thought that figure would rise to maybe 1,000. So, we were very pleased that we had approximately 15,000 voluntary disclosures from individuals who came in under a special program we created, which entailed payment of back taxes and stiff penalties. And since it closed, we’ve received an additional 4,000 voluntary disclosures from individuals with secret bank accounts from around the world. We’ve even launched a second disclosure program with much tougher financial penalties— but no jail time— if taxpayers come clean with us. We are now mining the information we have received to date and have launched our next wave of investigations on banks, bankers, intermediaries and taxpayers.”

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1 comment:

  1. The IRS is continuing to improve their technology and their ability to collect. If you have unfiled tax returns and a tax liability, you need to be pro-active and resolve your IRS problem immediately.

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