Department of the Treasury

STOP PAYING REFUNDS BEFORE AUDIT

Let Tax Compliance Officers audit tax returns before submitting a refund if the itemized deductions are obviously overstated based on wages. For example,if itemized deductions are 50% of income, the refund should not be submitted before taxpayer can substantiate deductions. If tax specialists can audit before refund is paid, the government could save millions of dollars; Dollars saved on refunds that taxpayers are not entitled to. Dollars saved on bogus tax returns that never get selected for audit. Dollars saved on the collection process and uncolleted funds.

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Idea No. 18589