Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Actions Are Needed to Strengthen the National Quality Review System for Correspondence Audits (2013-30-099):
This audit was initiated to determine the accuracy of the results from the National Quality Review System (NQRS) and how management uses the feedback to enhance the quality of correspondence audits. ... TIGTA evaluated a statistical sample of 127 of 2,913 correspondence audits that had been reviewed by the NQRS during an 18‑month period and found errors with penalty determinations in 65 of the audits (51 percent) that had not been detected and reported by NQRS quality reviewers.
IRS executives and stakeholders should be provided with a more comprehensive snapshot of audit quality so that needed corrective actions can be timely recognized and taken. Only one overall measure of audit quality is currently reported quarterly by the NQRS to IRS executives and other key stakeholders even though as many as 71 items are reviewed.
Finally, the random selection of audits for NQRS review could not be verified. As such, TIGTA was not able to confirm the statistical validity of the NQRS results.