The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) recently released its first annual report on the administration and enforcement of the state's sales and use tax programs. During FY 2017-18, the CDTFA managed nearly 1 million sales and use tax permits and processed over 2.2 million sales and use tax returns, resulting in the collection of more than $70 billion, including over $1 billion in delinquent taxes.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released new estimates for tax years 2011, 2012, and 2013, revealing a relatively steady tax gap of about 84 percent since 2008 between the true federal tax liability and the amount of tax that was paid on time. For the period 2011 through 2013, this translated to approximately $441 billion per year.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released its final report on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) compliance trends through FY 2018, during which time period U.S. taxpayers filed over 152 million individual and 11.4 million business income tax returns and forms. The IRS collected over $3.4 trillion in revenue, with an all-time high of $59.4 billion in enforcement revenue.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Security Summit partners recently issued a reminder to tax professionals to watch for signs of data theft that could lead to the filing of fraudulent tax returns. Warning signs include receiving unexpected copies of tax transcripts or IRS notices and experiencing network slow-downs or lock-outs.
The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) recently released some initial data on the 2019 tax filing season. As of June 1st, the FTB had processed 17.4 million personal income tax returns, a vast majority (88%) of which were e-filed. A total of $11.7 billion in personal income tax refunds were issued to 12 million individual taxpayers, 98% of whom received their refunds within 30 days of filing. The FTB also received 1.1 million business entity returns and issued 92,000 refunds to business taxpayers, totaling $553 million. To read the full update, click here.
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, who will retire on July 31, 2019, recently released her final report to Congress, summarizing the 2019 filing season and identifying objectives for FY 2020. Top on her list of goals is the improvement of services to taxpayers, with a move towards a "taxpayer-centric strategy" designed to reduce anxiety and increase trust in our federal tax system.
The IRS is doing more than protecting taxpayer data and detecting cyber fraud. It is educating tax professionals on cybersecurity at its annual Nationwide Tax Forums. Certain education seminars at this year's Forums will focus on addressing "basic cyber hygiene" and how to manage and prevent cyber threats to businesses, as well as the foundations of information security programs. Forum dates across the country and registration details are available here.
The IRS has established a plan to modernize its systems with an eye toward better service to taxpayers. Cybersecurity is a top priority for the IRS in 2019, as is protecting taxpayer data. The newly released plan outlines a six-year strategy to expand taxpayers' access to their own information and customer support options, to increase secure systems available for tax practitioners' use, and to streamline implementation of new tax provisions.
The Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released its interim report on the 2019 federal tax filing season. As of March 1, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had received over 59 million tax returns and issued approximately $142 billion in refunds on over 46 million of those returns. A vast majority - 95 percent - of filers e-filed their returns this season.
The IRS recently released its annual report to Congress on the Whistleblower Program, which awarded over $312 million to whistleblowers and collected $1.4 billion in FY 2018. Awards in this period represent 21.7% of total proceeds collected based on whistleblower claims, a significant increase of nearly 4 percentage points as compared to FY 2017. The IRS generally waits at least 8 years before issuing awards to ensure a final determination of proceeds can be made first.