An audit of the Internal Revenue Service's program for examining and penalizing tax return preparers by the Treasury Department's inspector general could not be completed because the IRS was unable to provide most of the documents.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in its report that the IRS could not provide documentation on 59 percent of the examination cases and 80 percent of the preparer penalty cases it requested for review. As a result, TIGTA was able to review just 17 examination cases and 10 penalty cases.

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