IRS 2013 Budget Proposal Emphasizes International Tax Enforcement

Every year, the President has to submit a budget request to U.S. Congress for federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service. In February of 2012, the IRS posted the following information regarding its budget.

Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request for the Internal Revenue Service is approximately $12.8 billion, a $944.5 million increase (8%) over the FY 2012 enacted level.

A significant portion of the increase from FY 2012 represents the Administration’s request to restore lost revenue resulting from reductions in IRS funding made over the past two years. This request is designed to provide the resources necessary to administer and enforce the current tax code, implement recent changes to the law to update the Code and serve the American taxpayer in a timely manner.

In FY 2011, the IRS collected $2.415 trillion in taxes, representing 92 percent of federal government receipts. The IRS processed more than 144.7 million individual returns during the 2011 filing season and issued almost 110 million refunds totaling $345 billion.

The IRS consistently achieves a high return on investment for its activities while running a fiscally disciplined operation. In FY 2013, the IRS expects to identify nearly $71 million in cost savings from increased use of electronic return filing, reductions in non-case related travel and streamlining operations.

Enforcement Program

IRS Enforcement Program is projected to receive the lion’s share of the increase. The FY 2013 budget includes $403 million in new IRS enforcement activities, which are expected to raise $1.48 billion in revenue annually at full performance, once new hires are fully trained and develop broader experience by FY 2015. This is a 4.3-to-1 return on investment. The return on investment is even greater when factoring in the deterrence value of these investments and other IRS enforcement programs, which is conservatively estimated to be at least three times the direct revenue impact.

The enforcement budget also includes $200 million in additional examination and collection programs that will generate more than $1.1 billion in additional annual enforcement revenue by FY 2015. Investments such as these in IRS enforcement programs are especially important to further the IRS’ mission of improving tax compliance.

International Tax Compliance Emphasized by the IRS

International tax compliance is specifically emphasized by the IRS. The IRS will continue to address offshore tax evasion by individuals through a combined “carrot and stick” approach – special offshore voluntary disclosure program and increased examinations and prosecutions.

International tax compliance will also concern domestic businesses operating abroad and foreign businesses owned by U.S. taxpayers. In order to ensure business entity compliance, the IRS will provide additional international technical specialists to increase coverage of complex international transactions.

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