“Overall, in FY 2011, individual income tax returns in higher AGI classes were more likely to be examined compared to returns in lower AGI classes,” the
Last year, the
“We have budget cuts and we try to do the best we can with those budget cuts,” he said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. “Clearly we’re doing less exams this year, and we have to triage and find places where [we’re] doing less collection activities, and it’s going to result in less money coming in than otherwise would have come in.
"The big trend I’m worried about is, if we don’t stem the tide in the 2013 and 2014 budgets, you get to the point where there is enough news about compliance rates being so low, that still a whole lot of people are going to be paying their taxes because they’re honest, hardworking Americans and they want to pay into the society that they feel benefits them, but if people want to push the envelope, which some do, and want to cut corners, if they think we’re not on the job, then they’ll do so," he added.
"So I think the general comments about [how] you can’t have a long-term trend of degrading compliance resources because that really starts to hit voluntary compliance is accurate, and I think the specifics of less funding just means less dollars in the door. That’s simple math.”
Other significant information in the
On Thursday, Shulman provided an update on the 2011 tax season so far. In his testimony, he noted that as of
The average dollar refund this tax season was approximately
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