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.
Tax extenders, temporary tax provisions that are reinstated by Congress on a regular basis, have been a recurring part of the tax arena for years. Most of the current group up for debate have expired at the end of 2013, and their eventual extension will be retroactive, but not all will be extended. Here are the best bets.
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