IRS' Examination Selection System for Exempt Organizations' Unrelated Business Income

Gao ID: GGD-85-64 July 8, 1985

GAO analyzed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) examination selection system for tax-exempt organizations earning unrelated business income (UBI).

GAO found that, although IRS assessed over $41 million in additional tax and penalties upon UBI examinations in fiscal years 1981 through 1983, a substantial number of UBI examinations resulted in little or no additional tax revenue. GAO also found that IRS does not have sufficient information on UBI tax noncompliance to understand the nature and magnitude of UBI noncompliance and develop profiles of highly noncompliant tax-exempt organizations engaging in UBI activity. Without such information, the current IRS selection system cannot focus on the most noncompliant tax-exempt UBI organizations, which regularly fail to properly report UBI earnings or pay the UBI tax due. Because IRS data shows increasing UBI activity, high estimates of tax loss due to UBI nonreporting, and low yield from most current UBI examinations, IRS may want to focus on the UBI organizations with the highest potential for noncompliance. More targeting of highly noncompliant UBI organizations could aid in generating more revenue and increased compliance and result in more effective use of resources.


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