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...?
-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
-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.
-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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