In an initiative to streamline the tax filing process, the IRS is moving away from its traditional “look back” model of compliance toward a substantially more “real time” one, and will seek public feedback about how to implement the change in a series of meetings, starting Dec. 8.
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a speech last April that under a real-time tax system, the IRS could match information submitted on a tax return with third-party information up front during processing, and could provide the opportunity for taxpayers to fix the tax return before acceptance if it contains data that do not match IRS records.
At present, the IRS conducts a significant number of compliance activities several months after the tax return has been filed and processed. As a result, it is not uncommon for a taxpayer to receive a notice 12 to 18 months after filing a tax return. This compliance approach can create problems and frustrations for both taxpayers and the IRS, the agency said in a statement.