Though the IRS is by no means the entire problem, it is the crux of it, for if taxpayers go on a tax revolt as our predecessors did two hundred years ago, there is no question but that Congress will notice this and respond to the mandate. In this we have a lot going in our favor. The mail I have received regarding my battle against the IRS has been almost totally in support - give the bastards hell, is the gist of most letters. I don't think many people in America like the way the IRS is doing their job and they don't like the way dollars are being taken from their packets for ridiculous government programs, foreign aid, wars, aiming other countries, etc.
Most of the dealings with the IRS are relatively trouble-free. The IRS is able to collect 97% of the revenue without drfficuity and this function costs us about $250 million and the services of about 23,000 IRS employees, who work in the IRS offices and computer centers. Then we come to that other 3% of the collections, . ,and here we find that the IRS spends nearly St billion and uses nearly 50,000 employees. Would you run a business like that? The Audit-Compiiance section of the IRS is almost totaily wrapped in secrecy, with little information even available to Congress. In fact, the Senate Appropriations Committee has a SubCommittee for rhe Treasury which has only one member who is responsible far reviewing this billion dollar budget! It is obviously impossible for one man to cope with a budget of that magnitude.
In order to collect the taxes in-vofved the IRS has constantly demanded more and more power - and been granted it. Many people now feel, in view of the wide range of excesses of IRS agents, that too much power has been given or permitted, that it is high time to review the whoie collection enforcement process.
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