Friday, November 25, 2011
Federal law ... provides taxpayers with tax relief for investment theft losses. The IRS estimates that more than 19,200 taxpayers filed Tax Year 2008 tax returns claiming a combined total of more than $8 billion in property income casualty and theft deductions. Our review identified that taxpayers may be erroneously claiming investment theft loss deductions. ... TIGTA estimates that 1,788 (82 percent) of 2,177 taxpayers may have erroneously claimed deductions totaling more than $697 million, resulting in revenue losses totaling approximately $41 million. The potential revenue loss estimate is conservative in that it only represents electronically filed tax returns for one year.