Paul L. Caron

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 255

Tax ReformFrom the Q&A session of Panel #3: Tax Reform in a Time of Crisis: Institutional Perspectives (begins at 1:01:30 on the video) at Friday's  Pepperdine/Tax Analysts Symposium on Tax Reform in a Time of Crisis:

Question:  On a scale of 1-10, 1 being no damage and 10 being permanent long range damage, how much have the IRS and tax administration been damaged by the current IRS scandal?  (And I would append to that the question: was it a scandal?)

Donald Korb (Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell; former IRS Chief Counsel):  I think it is incredibly damaging.  Frankly, I see it as one of the seeds of the next tax shelter era. ... And in terms of scandal, I don't think we really know. We have not been permitted to understand exactly what happened. So, who knows.

George Yin (Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation, Virginia; former Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation):  I think there has been tremendous damage.  Almost without regard to what actually happened.  And I actually despair of finding out what actually happened. ...

Donald Tobin (Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professor in Business Law, Ohio State):  I think it is awful. I agree with Don and George.  7 or 8.  I think this is ultimately going to have huge implications. ...

Ellen Aprill (John E. Anderson Chair in Tax Law, Loyola-L.A.):  I agree with all of that.  I have myself avoided the word "scandal" because I just don't know.  And some of the people I know personally.  I don't think that was their political motivation.  So I've used "controversy" and "brouhaha" and everything but tried not to go all the way to scandal. ...

Korb: ... This is very, very damaging.  Maybe we are at a 9.5

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If the tax collectors are not honest, why should the tax payers be honest? The trust in the tax system is now broken and the tax collectors are politicized thugs running a protection racket. The mafia is envious.

Posted by: Blick | Jan 19, 2014 1:30:36 PM