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Making sense of the inefficiency of the IRS? by 2.5
Started on: 05-13-2014 09:15 AM
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Report this Post05-13-2014 09:15 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A couple stories:

The White House budget proposal calls for $12.5 billion in base funding for the Internal Revenue Service, a $1.2 billion bump from this year's enacted level.
IRS staffing dropped by 8 percent over the last decade due to retirements and hiring freezes, one of the reasons nearly 60 percent of calls were missed. Ten years ago only 13 percent of calls went unanswered.

http://www.fiercegovernment...-says-lew/2014-05-01

So those 8 percent of their employees apparently did an awful lot of the work...?

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IRS paid $3.6 billion in fraudulent tax refunds in 2012

But the report said the IRS is improving. The $3.6 billion in fraudulent refund claims is down from the $5.2 billion the agency paid out the year before.

Another example from 2011: In total, the agency failed to prevent 1.1 million potentially fraudulent tax returns for 2011 from being processed, according to an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That includes 5,500 fraudulent returns filed by a single tax preparer -- for a refund of nearly $27 million -- and a payout of $490,000 to an address in Bulgaria that was listed on more than 700 tax returns.
http://money.cnn.com/2013/1...irs-fraud/index.html
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A review of contracts by the Washington Free Beacon shows the IRS in the past five fiscal years has spent $96.5 million refurbishing IRS offices across the country. The IRS has spent $96.5 million on office furniture ...and is now claiming it has insufficient funding to adequately serve taxpayers.
http://freebeacon.com/issue...on-office-furniture/

Is that alot I guess I dont know what office furniture costs.

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The National Taxpayer Advocate recommends that Congress consider revising the budget rules so that the IRS is “fenced off” from spending ceilings and is funded at a level designed to maximize tax compliance, particularly voluntary compliance, with due regard for protecting taxpayer rights and minimizing taxpayer burden.

Some taxpayer problems result from poor IRS planning or execution, but the lack of sufficient funding is the sole or significant cause of many of these problems..
The significant, chronic underfunding of the IRS poses one of the most significant long-term risks to tax administration today,...
http://www.taxpayeradvocate...-Report/irs-funding/

This last link states that it takes spending money to make money and to make it efficient.
It is hard to tell which is actually true. But I do think an unlimited budget just leads to unlimited waste.

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Report this Post05-13-2014 09:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 84fiero123Click Here to Email 84fiero123Send a Private Message to 84fiero123Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
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Report this Post05-13-2014 10:20 AM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I thought Der Fuehrer said IRS was hiring thousands of new employees.....?
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Report this Post05-13-2014 12:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RallasterSend a Private Message to RallasterEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Are you really trying to make sense of a Gov't agency? I thought you were smarter than that...
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Report this Post05-13-2014 12:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for heybjornClick Here to Email heybjornSend a Private Message to heybjornEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What Rallaster said.
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Report this Post05-13-2014 12:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TaijiguyClick Here to Email TaijiguySend a Private Message to TaijiguyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I wonder how much they spent trying to collect a 5 dollar shortage from me from 1987. I'm sure whatever it was it was well worth it.
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Originally posted by Rallaster:

Are you really trying to make sense of a Gov't agency? I thought you were smarter than that...


Well trying to get my mind around some things, I guess sense is a strong word
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