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Improvements to the Employment Tax Examination Process Are Needed to Increase Taxpayer Compliance and Collection Potential

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number
Report Type
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Require that quality reviews of the ET-WSD Gatekeeper be documented and create a segregation of duties for managerial reviews to provide effective oversight of the Gatekeeper function.

Ensure that all required managerial reviews are properly conducted and documented.

Create a tracking mechanism for cases that were granted Section 530 relief.

Issue a policy alert to remind examiners of the procedures and guidance on the proper language/information that should be included on Form 4666.

The Commissioner, SB/SE Division, should ensure that Employment Tax examination managers are verifying that all required and applicable documentation is included in the IMS case file prior to case closure, such as by completing a Manager’s Quality Checklist.