March 31, 2015

Pull The IRS's Fangs

The government is pissing away money as fast as it prints it and this clown at the IRS wants more money so he can hire more thieves and bullies to collect more money. Typical government in action.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that service at his agency has gotten so bad that they are ignoring more than 60 percent of taxpayers’ phone calls during this tax season.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Mr. Koskinen pleaded with more money, saying a budget boost would help them staff their overwhelmed customer service lines. He also said it would help reverse staffing cuts in their compliance division, where he said the government will lose $2 billion this year in money it would otherwise have been able to collect if it had better staffing.

Congress has cut or held the agency’s funding static for several years now, with lawmakers deeming the agency recalcitrant in solving problems, and unrepentant for having targeted tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny.
If Congress would stop passing complicated revenue laws that favor special interests and deep pocket political donors and simplify the tax code, they would collect more money. I pay an accountant to do my taxes just so the IRS leaves me the hell alone.

Last year the IRS went after me for another $1,500 in taxes. My accountant looked at the letter, looked at my return, said, "They're idiots" and sent them a letter explaining that I filed exactly the same as I did the previous year and they're not making sense. The IRS backed off. I wonder how many people are intimidated by these tactics and just pay up.

The best way to kill an unrepentant, out of control agency, is not to feed it. Hopefully that is what Congress will continue to do. Starve the IRS into a mere shadow of itself.

Since 2000, the number of IRS employees has declined by 2.6%, from 97,074 to 94,516. Other than Congress, the IRS has the lowest public approval rating than any other US governmental entity.

About seven years ago the IRS wouldn't send me my federal tax over payment - a little over $1,000. I spent over six hours on the phone, two hours a day for three days, trying to get someone to give me an answer. Starve the bastards.

Story here.


Ian H said...

Think for a minute. Unemployment is up and yet it seems no one wants to go work for the government. Wonder why? In Caesars time it was much the same. Tax collectors were hated.

sig94 said...

Ian - entire districts were bankrupted by Roman tax collectors. It wasn't too bad at all until the Roman Republic ceased to exist in 27 BC when it became an Empire. The tax rate under the Republic was only about 1%, went up to 3% during war.

Wade Herod said...

I would kill to have a tax rate of 1% or even the 3% the Romans enjoyed.

Wade in NW Florida

sig94 said...

Wade - part of that low rate was due to conquest and the treasures they seized from their successful invasions. Maybe we should invade Iran and take everything they have?