Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The IRS does not have an easy job. Remember, it's NOT the "IRS Code" because the IRS is just the agency stuck with the task of carrying out the will of Congress. And the IRS must do this job all while being a political soccer ball — and since the mid-1990's the Republican team has hogged that ball, kicking with more enthusiasm than enlightenment. So it was nice to see a positive story about tax administration picked up by USA Today, especially because USA stories also appear in little town newspapers, like the one I read here in Lubbock, Texas (the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: IRS: Public-private Crackdown Slashes Identity Theft, Tax Refund Fraud, the story comes from a press release by the IRS that explained:
An IRS-tax industry crackdown is making progress in the battle against identity theft and tax refund fraud, officials said Tuesday as they announced plans for additional safeguards in 2018.
Fewer federal tax returns linked to identity theft entered the tax system in 2016, and the number of taxpayers who said they'd been victimized also dropped, along with the number of fraudulent refunds issued, the officials said.