Federal Report: IRS Bungles Hunt For Unpaid Taxes


According to a federal report released Monday, the IRS has failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can’t locate in over half the cases that investigators studied. The study found that in 2012 alone, the IRS declared $6.7 billion in unpaid taxes to be uncollectable — and closed nearly 483,000 cases — because it couldn’t find the taxpayer.

In tracking down people with overdue bills, IRS workers are supposed to take actions like tracing postal, motor vehicle, court and other records. But in a study of 250 cases, investigators said that 57 percent of the time, they found no evidence that agency workers had completed all required research before declaring the money uncollectable.

ABC’s Scott Goldberg joined us from New York.

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