|Source: IRS Tax Gap - http://www.irs.gov/uac/The-Tax-Gap|
- Per OMB, the deficit for fiscal year 2011 was $1.3 trillion. The net tax gap represented about one-third of that amount (OMB, Table 1.1).
- Per IRS data, for FY 2011, the net tax gap exceeded net tax collections for the corporate income tax and tax-exempt unrelated business income tax ($175 billion), excise taxes ($47 billion), and estate and gift taxes ($7.3 billion) combined (IRS, Data Book, Table 1).
- Have the IRS provide assistance to first time Schedule C filers.
- Require Schedule C filers to have a separate bank account for business activity versus personal activity.
- Require consumers to issue 1099s to service providers if they provide a service that will increase the basis of the consumer's property (such as a new roof on your home).
- Require 1099s for payments under $600.
For more on the tax gap and tax reform, please see my article - Narrowing the tax gap for tax reform, AICPA Tax Insider, 3/14/13.
What do you think? Will Congress consider tax gap measures as part of tax reform work? What do you think will help reduce the tax gap?