IRS still plagued by ‘serious’ control problems

The Government Accountability
(GAO) continues to express criticism of the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS), noting it has had to put processes in place to make up for its ‘serious
internal control and financial management systems deficiencies’.

The ‘IRS continues to lack accurate, useful and timely financial information
and sound controls with which to make informed decisions day-to-day to ensure
ongoing accountability,’ states the GAO annual IRS audit opinion, released last

Because of IRS’s multiple information-systems problems, the GAO is concerned
about its future ability to determine whether IRS’s financial statements are
fairly stated, reports.

Although GAO did praise IRS for making ‘significant’ improvement, it noted
repeatedly IRS’s progress would continue to be hampered by the legacy of its
financial-management systems.

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