SURVEYED TACS ARE RIGHT 75 PERCENT OF THE TIME: Using one of dozens of scenarios, undercover government auditors were mostly satisfied with the levels of assistance that they received at several of the Internal Revenue Service's Taxpayer Assistance Centers. A report from the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration details the results of auditor visits to more than 70 TACs during the 2006 filing season. Using 47 standard scenarios, the auditors made anonymous visits to 50 TACs asking 200 tax law questions. Later, an additional 10 scenarios relating to the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005 were developed and another 20 visits to additional TACs were made to ask 80 questions.The report found that TAC workers:

* Correctly applied the tax law when answering 73 percent of the 200 standard-scenario questions, and misapplied the tax law for another 15 percent. For the remaining 13 percent of queries (26 questions), TAC assistors could not answer the questions and referred taxpayers to other IRS sources.

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