Some common sense commentary on bashing the IRS. Congress is not just “punishing” IRS with budget cuts but also punishing taxpayers who will have more difficulty getting help from an underfunded agency. It also punishes honest taxpayers as the IRS will have a more difficult time catching the cheaters. Part of “fairness” is catching those who cheat. The article concludes:
“If Congress wants lower taxes and a simpler tax code, it should legislate to those ends. But once it has decided on what the law should be–like it or not–we need an agency that enforces the law fairly. Instead of scoring easy political points with budget cuts and endless public castigation, Congress should roll up its sleeves and start thinking of ways to help the IRS achieve its mission.”
IRS needs to improve enforcement and service and Congress needs to fix the tax laws. Every big agency and every big company has some bad apples. If Congress wants to punish them, then change the Civil Service rules to make it easier to punish or fire the bad apples.
Read the entire commentary on Forbes’ website.
Update: The original article is from Tax Analysts.