Inefficient Underfunded IRS

Sonny Clark

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Expecting a refund this year? Expecting to pay additional taxes this year? Well, don't expect the IRS to get it right. And, for those planning to "cheat" on their taxes this year, the door seems to be wide open.

IRS chief: Budget cuts net 'crummy' taxpayer service
Some responses from the IRS when questioned about this tax season:

Q. How is this tax season shaping up?

A. Every filing season is a challenge for us. So far, we are off to a strong start. We'll process about 150 million individual tax returns this year, and we drive what I call a Model T in our IT system. We have applications that have been running since John F. Kennedy was president.

Q. What kind of service can taxpayers expect?

A. Our taxpayer service level, certainly on the phones, is not going to be very good this year. And it wasn't particularly good last year. The challenge with yet another budget cut this year is that we'll struggle to get close to the same crummy level of service we had last year.

Q. Will the budget cuts save money?

A. On the enforcement side, we have 5,000 fewer revenue agents/officers and criminal investigators. We estimate that will cost the government over $2 billion this year for the loss of those people alone. It really makes no sense at all to continue to underfund the agency that collects $3 trillion a year and funds the government.

Q. What about compliance?

A. The more information people know we have, the better they are at compliance. Years ago, you'd just put down the number of dependents. And then someone decided it would be very useful to have the Social Security number of the child included on the return. The year that went into effect, we lost almost 7 million children — a terrible plague.

IRS chief Budget cuts net crummy taxpayer service
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The government wants to raise taxes, yet, they can't properly manage taxes or tax collection. Is there something wrong with this picture?
 

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Yeah no shit! Morons flagged our return because wife's address on w2 was different from where we live now...retards. Lets not be call,email or send letter stating that lets just send letter stating it may 60 days before we know anything..fortunately we got ahold of state first and found out the problem and then got ahold of federal and fixed it as well.
 
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Yeah no shit! Morons flagged our return because wife's address on w2 was different from where we live now...retards. Lets not be call,email or send letter stating that lets just send letter stating it may 60 days before we know anything..fortunately we got ahold of state first and found out the problem and then got ahold of federal and fixed it as well.
I have tried in the past to resolve tax problems by calling the IRS toll free number. The wait time is unreal. And, the damn recording they make you listen to, over and over and over and over, will make you hang up and try later. And, trying later is no different than the first 10 times you tried to get through. Consider the number of people unemployed that could answer the phones at the IRS, one has to wonder what clown is in charge of the government circus.
 

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All the more reason to pass the Fair Tax Act and remove the IRS completely. There will be some bureaucracy to handle the consumption tax, but it will be far, far simpler than the convoluted, wasteful, invasive nonsense that we have now.
 

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