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IRS Employees Use Tax Preparation Assistance, Too

In an audit report published earlier this month (requires Adobe), the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reports. “Overall, IRS employees are less likely to use a paid preparer to prepare their tax returns when compared to the general taxpaying population.” Specifically, for tax year 2009, 27% of IRS employees used a paid preparer while 60% of the general taxpaying population did so. They conducted a similar analysis for tax year 2010, and found “similar results.”

TIGTA also analyzed the extent to which tax returns were “self-prepared manually” or used “tax preparation software.”

Here’s why TIGTA performed the analysis, according to the detailed objective, scope and methodology of the report:

“We conducted this analysis in response to House Conference Report 112-331, which accompanied H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, to determine the extent that IRS employees hire tax return preparers or use electronic tax preparation software and how their use of these services compared to that of the taxpaying public.”

Need further evidence why the nation should adopt a flat tax or the FairTax?


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