*Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration*
*Office of Audit*
*FISCAL YEAR 2014 STATUTORY REVIEW OF DISCLOSURE OF COLLECTION
ACTIVITY WITH RESPECT TO JOINT RETURNS*
*Issued on July 18, 2014*
Highlights of Report Number: 2014-30-046 to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioners for the Small Business/Self-Employed and Wage and Investment Divisions.
*IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS*
Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.) Section (§) 6103(e)(8) gives joint filer taxpayers who are no longer married or no longer reside in the same household the right to request information regarding the IRS’s efforts to collect delinquent taxes on their joint tax return liabilities. If the IRS does not provide employees sufficient guidance for handling those requests, taxpayer rights could potentially be violated.
*WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT*
This audit was initiated because the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 added I.R.C. § 7803(d)(1)(B), which requires TIGTA to annually review and certify the IRS’s compliance with I.R.C. § 6103(e)(8). The objective of this review was to determine whether the IRS is complying with the provisions of I.R.C. § 6103(e)(8) as related to the disclosure of collection activities with respect to joint filers.
*WHAT TIGTA FOUND*
IRS procedures provide employees with sufficient guidance for handling joint filer collection activity information requests. However, TIGTA could not determine whether the IRS fully complied with I.R.C. § 6103(e)(8) requirements when responding to written collection activity information requests from joint filers. IRS management information systems do not separately record or monitor joint filer requests, and there is no legal requirement for the IRS to do so. Further, TIGTA does not recommend the creation of a separate tracking system.
*WHAT TIGTA RECOMMENDED*
TIGTA made no recommendations in this report. IRS officials were provided an opportunity to review the draft report and did not provide any comments.
*READ THE FULL REPORT*
To view the report, including the scope, methodology, and full IRS response, go to:
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"Phone Number: 202-622-6500"
"Website: ""http://www.treasury.gov/tigta" [ http://www.treasury.gov/tigta ]
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