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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Continued Assessment of IRS's Efforts to Address the Backlog During Filing Season 2022

TIGTA is initiating a review to assess the IRS's actions to address the backlog of unworked returns and inventories during Filing Season 2022.  This will include evaluating: progress to ensure that the Tax Processing Centers are adequately staffed to meet workload demands; effectiveness of the Submission Processing function’s Inventory Reduction Teams in addressing backlogged inventories; effectiveness of management in identifying and implementing process improvements to increase efficiency of tax processing and reduce taxpayer burden; and, impact on the IRS’s Files Management function due to the closures of and limited staffing at the Federal Record Centers.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

American Rescue Plan Act Advance Child Tax Credit Tax Filing Reconciliation for Individuals

TIGTA is initiating a review of the reconciliation of the advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments made to individuals during CY 2021 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. TIGTA will assess the following: accuracy of the IRS's outreach and assistance to individuals regarding the reconciliation of the advance CTC payments on TY 2021 tax returns; updates to the business rules relating to CTC, ACTC, and Credits for Other Dependents and changes made to the error resolution codes to ensure they are functioning as intended; the processing of tax returns to ensure that the IRS is properly calculating the CTC and applying Safe Harbor rules; the IRS's processes and procedures to address taxpayer accounts with advance CTC payment reversals since the issuance of the Letter 6419; and, the IRS's fraud filters and compliance plans to determine if there are adequate controls to identify potentially erroneous CTC claims.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Continued Review of Premium Tax Credit Rules under the American Rescue Plan Act

TIGTA is initiating a review to assess the IRS's actions to implement legislative changes to the Premium Tax Credit (PTC) made by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  The overall objective is to assess the adequacy of processes and procedures to ensure expanded PTC eligibility requirements are met prior to credits being allowed. TIGTA plans to ensure forms and publications have been updated, assess the accuracy of the processing of PTC claims during 2022, ensure that individuals who can claim additional child tax credit due to the Advance PTC adjustment receives appropriate notices, and assess the current process to help taxpayers who report on the PTC form that they are a victim of domestic violence.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Reconciliation of the American Rescue Plan Act Recovery Rebate Credit During the 2022 Filing Season

TIGTA is initiating a review to evaluate the effectiveness of the Internal Revenue Service’s reconciliation of advance payments issued and Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) claims during the 2022 Filing Season. The overall objective of this audit is to assess the processing of the RRC claims during the 2022 Filing Season, including ensuring that taxpayers properly reconcile advanced payments received during CY 2021.  Specifically TIGTA will assess the IRS's outreach and assistance to individuals regarding RRC.  Ensure the RRC computed by the IRS is accurate and TY 2021 tax returns with an RRC claim are processed correctly.  Ensure eligible individuals who did not receive their advance ARPA payments receive the correct RRC amounts. And, determine whether the IRS took sufficient actions to prevent ineligible individuals from receiving erroneous RRC.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Expansion of Earned Income Tax Credit and Child and Dependent Care Credit Eligibility Requirements

TIGTA is initiating a review of the IRS's processes and procedures to ensure that the expanded EITC and CDCC eligibility requirements are met prior to tax credits being allowed.  It plans to determine if the IRS is appropriately rejecting incorrect/incomplete Schedule EIC claims for childless EITC and incorrect/incomplete forms claiming child and dependent care expenses, and preventing incorrect tax returns from processing with these claims.  TIGTA will also evaluate the action taken by the IRS to address processing weaknesses identified during a previous audit to determine if the IRS is preventing erroneous CDCC claims. 
 

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Review of Internal Revenue Service's Pandemic Hiring Practices

TIGTA is initiating a review to determine whether expedited hiring practices during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic present potential security risks by assessing the effectiveness of fingerprinting and hiring activities, including inspection of employment eligibility documents.  It plans to identify newly established policies and guidance implemented to facilitate hiring during the pandemic, obtain extracts of new hires from 3/23/20 through 7/17/21 where either fingerprinting or Form I-9 physical inspection of identity documents was deferred, and determine whether hiring records comply with the requirements of the newly established policies and guidance implemented to facilitate hiring during the pandemic.
 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

American Rescue Plan Act Information Technology Funding

TIGTA is initiating a review of the IRS's oversight of the IRS's Information Technology organization's oversight of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funding. ARPA is the latest in a series of coronavirus pandemic-related relief and economic stimulus legislation.  It includes approximately $1.9 trillion in economic relief and stimulus to address the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.  ARPA provides the IRS with approximately $1.8 billion for the implementation of numerous tax-related provisions intended to provide relief to individuals and businesses and to modernize and secure its systems.  The IT organization was allocated approximately $1 billion of these funds for the systems work.
Department of Justice OIG

Office on Violence Against Women's Administration Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grant Administration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The preliminary objectives are to assess: (1) the grant administration and monitoring during the pandemic and (2) the guidance and assistance provided to grant recipients for addressing any increased risks to effective program implementation and to violence against women.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Continued Assessment of the IRS’s Efforts to Address the Backlog of Its Tax Processing Operations

The overall objective of this review is  to continue to assess the IRS’s efforts to address backlogs of work in its various Submission Processing functions both carried over from the 2020 Filing Season and additional backlogs resulting from the IRS’s inability to timely process tax returns and other tax account work received during the 2021 Filing Season.  This review addresses the major management challenge of Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Review of IRS’s Customer Service Efforts to Assist Taxpayers With the Child Tax Credit Portal and Non-Portal Updates

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is initiating a review of the Internal Revenue Service’s customer service efforts to assist taxpayers in determining their eligibility and updating their personal information in order to qualify for advance payments of the Child Tax Credit.  The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,  which became law on March 11, 2021, increases the amount of the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to $3,000 per child under the age of 18 ($3,600 for children under 6). The American Rescue Plan Act also requires the IRS to develop an online portal, known as the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.  Taxpayers that do not have access to the Internet will be able to contact the IRS using a dedicated phone line or visit a Taxpayer Assistance Center to either opt-out or update their information.