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Congressional hearing, GAO report on audits of exempt organizations

Congressional hearing, GAO report on audits

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee today held a hearing to consider testimony about the IRS audit selection process and internal controls of the Exempt Organizations (EO) unit of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) division.


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In connection with the hearing, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (GAO-15-753T) about the IRS audit selection process. The GAO found:

… there are several areas where EO's controls were not well designed or implemented. The control deficiencies GAO found increase the risk that EO could select organizations for examination in an unfair manner—for example, based on an organization's religious, educational, political, or other views. * * *

The GAO also concluded:

EO management does not consistently monitor selection decisions.

The title of the GAO report is: IRS Examination Selection: IRS Should Strengthen Internal Controls for Exempt Organization Selection (GAO-15-753T (July 23, 2015)).


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