Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman described his vision for a next-generation tax compliance system that would allow the IRS to pre-populate a taxpayer’s return with W-2, 1099 and other information reporting forms before a taxpayer files a return.

During a speech Wednesday before the National Press Club, Shulman talked about how the IRS has been evolving in recent years from a “look-back” approach, involving audits that occur years after a tax return has been filed, to a more proactive approach. The IRS has increased its compliance activities that happen up-front, before it finishes processing the returns.

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