Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

Sep 29, 2014 2:38 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - A report by federal investigators says IRS workers are often not doing all the research they are supposed to do to track down people with unpaid tax bills.

The study doesn't estimate how much money that costs the government. But it says that in 2012, the IRS declared $6.7 billion in unpaid taxes to be uncollectable because it couldn't find the taxpayer.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released the report Monday. That office is the agency that audits the IRS.

The report found that in 57 percent of 250 cases studied, there was no evidence that workers did all required research before declaring taxes uncollectable.

The IRS contested some of the study's findings. It said investigators had significantly overestimated the value of some of the unpaid taxes.

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