Tax Stats: June 2012
Our monthly collection of statistics from the world of tax
Our second tax stat for June shows why so much effort at the IRS is going into automated systems -- they bring in more money.
Systems, it seems, are more efficient than people: IRS field audits yield by far the lowest ROI. So it's a good thing the service did only 525,000 of them (for 1040s only), compared to 1.2 million mail audits, and 4.7 million CP 2000 notices.
Automated matching systems at the IRS send out millions of notices of underpayment to taxpayers, and add $6.5 billion annually to the U.S. Treasury -- but they're not as scary as they seem: Fully a third of notices result in no additional tax.
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Productivity can be a big problem, even at major accounting and tax firms and other types of businesses. Employers recently shared some real-life examples with the staffing company CareerBuilders of some of the more unusual things they've seen employees doing when they should have been busy working:
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BKR International hosted a panel of some of the best accounting marketers in the country in conjunction with the Association for Accounting Marketing Annual Summit in Austin, Texas. Putting their smart brains together, they agreed on 10 best practices for building the reputation and visibility of accounting firms in a high technology, but still high touch industry.
When it comes to day-to-day projects, some workers at accounting firms and other types of businesses feel assignments from the boss fall outside of their job description. Workers provided the following real-life examples to CareerBuilder of the most unusual requests they received from their bosses.