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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bergin: Saving Private IRS

Tax Analysts Christopher E. Bergin (President and Publisher, Tax Analysts), Saving Private IRS, 140 Tax Notes 503 (July 29, 2013):

Bergin uses Mortimer Caplin's 97th birthday as an occasion to highlight the former IRS commissioner as an example of the hardworking and dedicated people who work at the nation's tax collection agency, and he calls on congressional critics of the IRS to take a more reasonable approach to funding and supporting tax administration.

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Mr. Bergin states that, "You cut the agency’s budget, and service is the first thing to go." He forgot to mention the other first thing to go: competence. Moreover, Mr. Bergin notes that Republicans have attempted to "link the White House to the ‘‘scandal’’ at the IRS." While that may or may not be fair in the context of this particular controversy and this particular White House, most would probably agree we can actually label this a scandal (here's one definition, according to merriam webster: loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety), without the use of quotation marks around that characterization.

Posted by: jason | Jul 31, 2013 8:48:06 AM