Financial Management: Some DOD Contractors Abuse the Federal Tax System with Little Consequence

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DIANE Publishing, 2004 - 94 pages
This report determines: (1) the magnitude of unpaid federal taxes owed by U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) contractors; (2) whether indications exist of abuse or criminal activity by DoD contractors related to the federal tax system; (3) whether DoD and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have effective processes and controls in place to use the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) in collecting unpaid federal taxes from DoD contractors; and (4) whether DoD contractors with unpaid federal taxes are prohibited by law from receiving contracts from the federal government. Includes testimony by Gregory D. Kutz and Steven J. Sebastians, Dir., Financial Mgmt. and Assurance, and John J. Ryan, Assist. Dir., Office of Special Investigations, GAO. Charts and tables.

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Page 1 - The Honorable Carl Levin Ranking Minority Member Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Committee on Governmental Affairs United States Senate The Honorable Janice D.
Page 32 - Unpaid tax assessments consist of (1) taxes due from taxpayers for which IRS can support the existence of a receivable through taxpayer agreement or a favorable court ruling (federal taxes receivable); (2) compliance assessments where neither the taxpayer nor the court has affirmed that the amounts are owed; and (3) write-offs, which represent unpaid assessments for which IRS does not expect further collections due to factors such as the taxpayer's death, bankruptcy, or...
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Page 3 - We considered activity to be abusive when a contractor's actions or inactions, though not illegal, took advantage of the existing tax enforcement and administration system to avoid fulfilling federal tax obligations and were deficient or improper when compared with behavior that a prudent person would consider reasonable.
Page 6 - Spending at the next three largest federal agencies, the Department of Energy (DOE), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), represented only about half of the remaining 34 percent of federal contract awards during the same period.

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