The problem I see with this is the unintended consequences. Think this one through:
- If you believe that the IRS was maliciously targeting conservatives for political reasons, then this is a punitive action which is bizarre in of
itself. Fix the problems, create more oversight, etc. OR REFORM THE WHOLE THING.
- If you believe that the IRS was dealing with a huge influx of non-profits and attempting to simplify the process of identifying and addressing
violations, then cutting the enforcement budget could exacerbate the situation and make things worse.
You won't find many fans of the IRS and I'm certainly not one of them. If you've ever been audited or had a return held up pending additional
documentation, then you most likely know what an annoying, frustrating and extremely one sided process it is. Things happen like they'll request a
document, you send the document and then you have to call them to make sure they received the document followed by weeks or even months of waiting for
the IRS to review the document, at which time, they may request ANOTHER document and set the clock back AGAIN. At the same time, there are hard and
fast deadlines for the tax payer to meet and penalties for not meeting them. It's the epitome of Man vs The Machine.
Does cutting the IRS budget only serve to make a bad situation worse? Or what about tax offenses that slip through the cracks? Is it fair that most of
us comply and pay our taxes and then tax cheats are able to skirt their obligations because of a punitive action dealt in the name of partisan
politics? It also bears mentioning that other groups, completely unrelated to politics have been targeted:
IRS policy that targeted
political groups also aimed at open source projects
The current tax code is a joke, it's so arcane and convoluted that it costs tax payers and employers tens of billions of dollars a year to comply with
it and it seems that many of the wealthiest few are constantly engaged in exploiting it to avoid taxation.
We need to change the whole system, possibly adopt something akin to the FairTax. At the very least, DRASTICALLY simplify the tax code.
Simply tightening the purse strings won't fix anything, it's just the easiest thing they can do to quell public outrage.
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theantediluvian because: (no reason given)