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Last year, amid noisy Congressional criticism and significant budget constraints, the IRS indefinitely postponed its planned Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program (TCMP) audits of 153,000 taxpayers. Now the General Accounting Office (GAO) is proposing that the TCMP proceed on a narrower, slower path.

In its April 26 report entitled Alternative Strategies to Obtain Compliance Data, the GAO suggested that the IRS proceed with the delayed TCMP audits using a sample of 34,000 taxpayers. GAO suggested that while a smaller sample would not obtain the quantity and quality of data of the larger sample, a trimmed TCMP would at least help the IRS update its audit selection criteria. The GAO also suggested that the TCMP could be conducted over a number of years instead of in a single shot. *

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