The Internal Revenue Service did not always follow established procedures when trying to collect taxes from taxpayers who had declared bankruptcy, according to a new government report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that in a sampling of such cases, IRS specialists did not always follow established procedures in 17 out of 30 Chapter 7 cases (that is, 57 percent), 15 out of 30 Chapter 11 cases (50 percent), and 13 (or 43 percent) of the 30 Chapter 13 cases reviewed by TIGTA. Specifically, IRS the specialists did not always properly conduct the initial case analysis in a timely manner, follow up on scheduled case actions within a reasonable time, or properly close cases in a timely way.

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