Agency information collection activities: Proposed collection; comment request,


[Federal Register: December 27, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 247)]


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Internal Revenue Service

Proposed Collection; Comment Request for the Wage and Investment Taxpayer Prefiling and Filing Burden Study

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning the Wage and Investment Taxpayer Prefiling and Filing Burden Study.

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DATES: Written comments should be received on or before February 25, 2000 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Garrick R. Shear, Internal Revenue Service, room 5244, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection should be directed to Faye Bruce, (202) 622-6665, Internal Revenue Service, room 5244, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.


Title: Wage and Investment Taxpayer Prefiling and Filing Burden Study.

OMB Number: To be assigned later.

Abstract: This study is designed to collect the amount of time and money incurred by Wage and Investment taxpayers as a result of the Federal income tax laws and regulations. This information will be a valuable tool in the IRS's ongoing effort to improve customer service, as well as for policy makers to understand the full effect of tax law changes. In particular, it will help the IRS understand the burdens placed on its customers by the Federal tax system its laws, its administration, and changes to those factors. Also, the data collected from this study will be used as an input to the development of a micro- simulation model that measures taxpayer burden.

Current Actions: This is a new collection of information.

Type of Review: New OMB approval.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,300.

Estimated Average Time Per Respondent: 20 minutes (for completed interviews).

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,230.

The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice:

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

Approved: December 20, 1999. Garrick R. Shear, IRS Reports Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 99-33516Filed12-23-99; 8:45 am]