* In FY 2012, the IRS Accounts Management Taxpayer Assurance Program (AMTAP) imposed a hard freeze on more than 142,000 returns because it could not complete the verification processes within the allotted time, not because the returns showed "badges of fraud." In other words, AMTAP was using hard freezes out of an abundance of caution as an inventory management tool to prevent refund payments for returns that could not be verified, not because the returns were suspicious filings.
* Referrals of cases to the TAS from the AMTAP freezes increased by approximately 468% from FY 2010 to FY 2012, or from 3,171 cases in 2010 to 18,012 in 2012.
Utilizing community partnerships between the City of Palm Bay, Fla., other government agencies, non profit entities and private industry, the Affiliate Membership Technical Assistance Program (AMTAP
) offers an 11-month program of seminars to new and existing small business owners that gives them the chance to obtain knowledge and skills that are vital to long-term success.