Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pay taxes? Naw, don't bother

IRS Audits Plunge as Agency Budget Plummets

Last year, IRS chief John Koskinen warned about the impact of his agency's shriveling budget. "I have not figured out either philosophically or psychologically," he lamented, "why nobody seems to care whether we collect the revenue or not." That was before Congressional Republicans slashed its funding for the fifth straight year. Now, one year after the numbers of Internal Revenue Service agents examining returns fell to levels not seen since the 1980's, the audit rate for individuals has plunged to its lowest in a decade.

That's the word from USA Today, which documented at growing crisis at IRS in the wake of the GOP's second gutting of the agency in as many decades.

(More here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

I believe that each and every citizen should pay whatever taxes is lawfully required. Would VV agree that that the IRS has some fat to cut if they have the money for Star Trek parodies? Who knows, perhaps we will even get Rev. Sharpton to pay his taxes. Tim Geithner set a fine example, why complain now?

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IRS should audit Sharpton, Geithner and anyone else that meets the criteria for an audit. The argument that we should defund an agency as important as the IRS because it's management makes poor spending decisions is silly and stupid. If that argument made sense we would need to defund almost every government entity because I'm sure we could all find something we consider wasterul. Let's apply that same reasoning it DoD.
That fact is, for every tax evading citizen the defunded IRS doesn't catch, the more Tom Koch and I and other law abiding tax payers will need to make up with additional taxes. Why are we proctecting these unpatriotic tax evaders? No well run business would understaff it's revenue producing employees. For every additional dollar spent on an IRS budget, multiple dollars are collected in return. This is a fact.

12:52 PM  

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