Complex Tax Laws, Lack of Help Have Made Small Businesses
Los Angeles Times (09/06/00) Vol. 5, No. 17 p.5C; Dickerson, Marla; Romney, Lee

A General Accounting Office (GAO) investigation of small businesses' dealings with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finds that small businesses violate tax codes more often than other taxpayers, not out of purposeful cheating, but because of complex laws and too little IRS assistance. The GAO further attributes the problem to the IRS' focus on law enforcement rather than taxpayer assistance, and the survey found most small businesses did not know about the tax agency's small-business services. The IRS is putting a new unit, the Small Business and Self-Employed Division, into effect in October in an effort to change things, though the GAO says this will be difficult.


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