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TIGTA Calls for Improvements to IRS Volunteer Tax Prep. Program Database - Emil Estafanous, CPA : Emil Estafanous, CPA

TIGTA Calls for Improvements to IRS Volunteer Tax Prep. Program Database

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported Mar 26 on a investigate of a IRS’s monitoring of proffer taxation credentials services (TIGTA Report No. 2012-40-021 (2/23/12)).

The IRS has grown a database, a Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Total Relationship Management System (SPECTRM), to guard a opening of organizations that yield giveaway taxation credentials to certain taxpayers. Volunteer programs, including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for a Elderly (TCE), prepared some-more than 3 million taxation earnings in 2011.

SPECTRM was deployed in 2010, and TIGTA pronounced it has successfully integrated comparison systems a IRS used before and has softened information collection. However, since information contingency be manually entered into a new database, TIGTA found problems with timeliness and accuracy.

In a review of 135 proffer module sites, TIGTA found that information in SPECTRM from 67% of a sites audited did not compare information on a programs’ forms. In addition, of a 135 files compared with a 135 sites, 134 files (99%) were incomplete, with blank or deficient forms.

TIGTA also found that SPECTRM does not say chronological information and is usually a “snapshot of stream operations.” It also does not record information on all a activities of a proffer programs.

Overall, TIGTA pronounced a doing of a SPECTRM database was successful and it has softened entrance to proffer module information. TIGTA endorsed that a IRS cgange SPECTRM to accept uploads of electronic forms and to need that information entered into a database be intermittently reviewed. The IRS concluded with a recommendations.

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