CBPP Report: Ten Myths and Realities on Estate Taxation

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issue a report on ten myths and realities on estate taxation.  There is interesting data such as only the richest 2 in 1,000 estates actually pay estate taxes or the estates that do pay estate tax typically pay less than 1/6 of the value of the estate tax.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  conducts research and analysis at the federal and state levels on public programs and fiscal policy.


IRS overwhelmed by Offer in Compromise requests, changes made

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report, the IRS was overwhelmed by Offer in Compromise (OIC) requests.  Due to the backlog of OIC requests, TIGTA recommended changes to the OIC program.  The IRS did implement some of the recommended changes.

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IRS Fiscal year 2011 Data Book

The IRS issued their fiscal year 2011 Data Book.  The 2011 Data Book provides a snap snapshot of agency activities for the year.  For example, the IRS collected $2.4 trillion and processed more than 234 million tax returns.  Below are some interesting statistics related to tax resolution.

82% of annual individual tax returns selected for audit resulted in a change.  On average, the changes made resulted in about $11,000 of additional taxes per return.

71% of annual business tax returns selected for audit resulted in a change.  On average, the changes made resulted in about $850,000 of additional taxes per return.

30% of the annual individual income tax returns selected for audit claimed the Earn Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The IRS Substitute for Return program resulted in $14.4 billion of additional taxes.

The IRS assessed $31 billion in penalties.  The IRS abated $11 billion in penalties.

On average, 34% of individual penalties were abated and 44% of business penalties were abated.

There were 59,000 Offer in Compromises (settlements) filed.  33% of the offers submitted were accepted.

IRS issued 3.7 billion levies.  This is an increase of 4% compared to 2010.

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