No. Not even in my weakest moment have I ever felt sorry for the IRS.
This is especially true after my 17 year battle with that agency over an alleged income tax liability that began when I made this simple request: “Please show me the law that makes me liable for the income tax.”
After exchanging more than 300 pieces of correspondence, meeting face-to-face with a hostile Revenue Officer, dealing with IRS attorneys, Tax Court judges, Department of Justice attorneys, and several Federal judges, no one has ever provided me with a clear, unequivocal answer. Instead, my request was met with threatening letters, liens, levies, confiscation of my earnings, and the destruction of my credit.
On December 18, 2017, Patricia Cohen wrote an article in the New York Times entitled “Have You Ever Felt Sorry for the IRS? Now Might Be the Time.” In the article, she discusses the challenges the IRS faces due to budget cuts, especially in light of the recent passage of the most comprehensive revision of the tax code in more than 30 years.
“The task is monumental. While processing tens of millions of tax returns for 2017 under the current rules, the I.R.S. would also have to figure out how to interpret and explain a new system and put it into practice.”, says Cohen.
And, John Koskinen, former IRS Commissioner,stated “If the budget keeps being cut and the agency keeps being given more things to do, the I.R.S. is simply not going to work.” Either the information technology will fail, forcing the filing and refund systems to collapse, he warned, or enforcement and audits will become so scarce that fewer people will be inclined to pay the taxes they owe.
“Even before Congress began revising the tax code, the I.R.S. was struggling to keep up with an expanding workload. Since 2010, its budget has been cut by $900 million — or 17 percent, after adjusting for inflation — and its staff reduced by 21,000, or 23 percent. In the meantime, it has had to process roughly 10 million more individual returns.”, writes Cohen.
Pete Isberg, vice president for government relations for ADP, one of the largest payroll providers, said taking account of the changes would be easier for the larger automated companies, but acknowledged that the short lead time between the law’s anticipated passage and the effective date would be a problem for some.
The prospective elimination of personal exemptions adds another twist. That may invalidate all the automatic withholding forms, or W-4s, that employees signed, Mr. Isberg said, “and put employers in the position of getting a new W-4 from every U.S. worker.”
“The I.R.S. is one of the few agencies that touches just about every household,” said Mark J. Mazur, director of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington. “If you go to an I.R.S. walk-in site, you have some expectation of getting the right answer.”
Updating the agency’s vast computer system is also a gargantuan undertaking. The I.R.S. (along with much of the federal government and major financial institutions) uses a computer programming language called Cobol, developed almost 60 years ago. Almost every coding change will, in effect, have to be entered by hand.
Challenging the I.R.S. at every turn, however, will be a growing phalanx of highly paid tax lawyers and accountants intent on finding ways to outmaneuver the I.R.S. and avoid taxes. Every 1 percent drop in compliance costs the government $33 billion a year. Yet enforcement and auditing capabilities have perhaps suffered the most as the agency’s budget has shrunk.
“It won’t surprise me if the combination of the filing season and implementation of the legislation create significant problems,” said Marcus S. Owens, a Washington lawyer and former director of the I.R.S. division for tax-exempt organizations.
When “We the People” demand that Congress repeal both the corporate and individual income taxes, and fund government using the original taxing methods written into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers, as my Economic Freedom Act proposes, no American will ever again live in fear of the IRS.
I pray that, on November 6, 2018, you will vote for “The Real Deal” Bob McNeil, American Citizen Party candidate for U.S. Senator from Texas.
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