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CAREFUL REVIEW OF NEW EIN ASSIGNMENTS

IF THE GOV'T EMPLOYEE'S THAT ASSIGN NEW EIN'S (EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS) WOULD DO A QUICK CHECK FOR OTHER BALANCES ON CURRENT OR CLOSED RELATED TINS, AND DECLINE REQUESTS FOR NEW EIN'S UNTIL BALANCE'S ARE RESOLVED THIS WOULD SAVE THE GOV'T MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON REPEAT OFFENDERS, AND REDUCE THE PYRAMIDING BALANCES. THE EMPLOYEE'S CAN USE THE PROGRAM YK1 WHICH IS ALREADY ESTABLISHED. OR TAKE THE SSN'S OF CORPORATE ...more »

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Save on postage and manhours

Every piece of paper received by the IRS is date stamped. After normal processing time (can be 30/45/60 days)is met, if the 'case' is not closed yet, a systemic "interim letter" is issued to the TP, saying "sorry, we have not processed your request yet". Then, when we work the case, if the interim letter was issued, we must issue another letter saying, "sorry, we sent you the previous letter in error". We're talking approx. ...more »

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Cut Space Cost in Federal Buildings Within IRS

A number of employees elect to work situational flexi place which limits one to working 80 hours per month, versus occupational flexiplace which requires that they only report to the office approximately 2 days per month. I believe this is done in many instances to retain office space. My recommendation is to create rooms in Federal Buildings with mini-booths and lan lines for employees who work occupational flexiplace ...more »

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Double Dip,into the government's pocket

Every year all IRS employees are given pub 6209,17 Eng/Sp,it is onlin

e,IRS allows us to image p

ayments,why not Taxpayers

notice,instead of making copies that trashed,put online.Allow IRS emplyees

to voluntarly take days off without pay!if we char

ged 10.00 for tax returns

done via VITA put back into the defeciet that would still be cheaper than if the Taxpayer went to H&R Block.

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Audit telephone usage

A system is set in place at the IRS offices in Fresno for employees to dial an "8" before a long distance number. Employees still frequently dial "9" plus "1" to get an outside line and call. This may seem petty, but the improper use of the telphone system costs the government a ton of money every day. Of course the government is bleeding money if its employees don't even know how to make a proper telephone call!

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Eliminating Training Travel Expenses

I believe with the learning resources available to us, such as Centra, ELMS, CCH, MicroMash, etc. training (unless it is critical to have face to face) can and should be completed online. This will save the government employees and instructors time (for travel status & making arrangements), air fare/any travel fees, hotel fees, meals & entertainment fees, and the printing/copying of handout materials (which can be made ...more »

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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 ...more »

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3210 Process

Every day thousands of 3210 are mailed from one IRS office to another to acknowledge receipt of cases, etc... If we could automate this system to digitally acknowledge or at least require they be faxed instead of mailed we could save on postage and envelope expenses.

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Travel Rewards Points

Many Car Rental Co., Hotels and Airlines offer rewards points for using their services. Some even offer double dipping where a traveler can receive additional points in other companies. Example a car rental company may allow double dipping and the traveller receives additional points with a hotel also. Most travellers don't know that many car companies add a fee of $4.50 or more for that service. It is hidden in the bill ...more »

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Reduce Travel Costs

1) Renogiate the per-voucher fee with Northrup Grumman for using GovTrip: it's much more expensive than it needs to be.

 

2) Do not reimburse mileage from an agent's home to client location; instead, follow the codified "commuting rules" and reimburse only what is in excess of the normal commute to the POD.

 

These rules impact all agencies and savings could be significant.

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Earned Income Tax Credit Reform

Require W2 wages to qualify for EITC as fraud has been rampant with filers using self employment income to meet the maximum credit requirement while having surprisingly exactly enough expenses to write off to ensure that no tax is due.

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Group/Unit Supervisor

My idea is similar to the Child and Dependant care expense that allowed the government to track Day Care expenses paid to small and large day cares. Consider having a better home expense, that would give a credit to homeowners that paid for yard maintanence and home repairs. This will help the government track the thousands of small business that generate a substantial income cutting grass, and doing small home repairs ...more »

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Simplify Schedule M-3 on tax forms

Schedule M-3 was created to provide transparency on the tax returns such as on Form 1120. It is essentially a deferred tax computation scheudle. It does not provide enough transparency, it is a nightmare to map for taxpayers and tax preparers and can be a time sucking form to analyze for examiners. If the form would be revamped so that the lines on the Sch M-3 would correspond to the lines on page one of the tax returns, ...more »

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Use US Postal Service

Many times the packageing for shipment is abused. Large envelopes for a single foldable letter. To ship one folder via UPS costs $24 to $32 while PO has one size, one price for $10. Also PO is federal, and should be supported by federal business.

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