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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

IRS Disciplined 2.3% of its 100,000 Employees in 2007

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley yesterday issued a press release "urging detractors of the private debt collection program to consider facts, including disciplinary action against IRS employees and the IRS’ own poor track record of collecting the $345 billion of owed taxes known as the tax gap":

The IRS took 2,366 disciplinary actions out of 99,022 employees from Jan. 1, 2007, to Jan. 30, 2007. The IRS took 2,185 disciplinary actions out of 94,696 employees from July 1, 2007, to Dec. 31, 2007. Please note these are formal disciplinary actions, not pending cases. In other words, the IRS took disciplinary action against 2.3% of its workforce last year.

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Comments

Grassley is disingenuous. Congress lacks the will to close the tax gap, and Grassley seeks to blame it on the IRS. The plain truth is that Congress enacted the 1998 IRS legislation that "reformed" IRS tax collection activities, so thoroughly, in fact, that many revenue officers who were quite adept at collecting taxes chose to retire or find other work. Having driven off many of the most diligent employees the IRS had, it is a little late in the day for Grassley to complain about the Service's "poor track record of collecting the $345 billion of owed taxes known as the tax gap."

Posted by: Jake | Apr 16, 2008 7:47:34 PM