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Saturday, March 17, 2007

TIGTA: 100,000 Taxpayers Claimed $1.8 Billion in Improper Noncash Charitable Contributions

Treasury_logo_4The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released The IRS Needs to Improve Procedures to Identify Noncompliance With the Reporting Requirements for Noncash Charitable Contributions (2007-30-049) (3/5/07):

The IRS revised tax forms and publications and provided training and information to employees to facilitate implementation of the new requirements for claiming noncash charitable contributions. However, taxpayers and tax practitioners still need to be better educated concerning requirements for claiming charitable contributions. Also, additional procedures need to be established to identify noncompliance with charitable contribution requirements during returns processing. Better education of taxpayers and preparers and additional returns processing procedures will enable the IRS to address potential noncompliance, as Congress intended in its legislation. TIGTA estimates 101,236 taxpayers could have claimed unsubstantiated noncash contributions totaling approximately $1.8 billion for the period January 15 through September 21, 2006.

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