The Internal Revenue Service, currently under fire in Congress for its screening of applications for tax exempt status by conservative groups, could also use some improvement in the way it conducts examinations of individual tax returns, according to a new government report.

The report, released Friday by the Government Accountability Office, looked at the IRS’s National Research Program, which has helped test or develop practices that have been used in operational examinations of individual tax returns, according to IRS officials. These NRP practices include, for example, helping test IRS's remote learning system and helping IRS adopt new examination support software.

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