Better oversight of IRS revenue officers who are assigned to collect overdue taxes is needed to ensure their actions are completed on a timely basis, according to a new government report.

The report, released publicly Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reviewed a sample of cases closed by revenue officers in the IRS’s Small Business/Self-Employed Division Collection Field function and found that IRS revenue officers were not always timely when performing analysis prior to making initial contact with a taxpayer or when taking follow-up actions in 44 percent of the cases that required action.

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