Paul L. Caron

Friday, June 13, 2014

President Obama Requests 10.5% Budget Increase for IRS, Despite IRS's Failure to Perform Basic Budget Planning

GAO LogoThe Government Accountability Office has released IRS 2015 Budget: Long-Term Strategy and Return on Investment Data Needed to Better Manage Budget Uncertainty and Set Priorities (GAO-14-605):

Since fiscal year 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget has declined by about $900 million. As a result, funding is below fiscal year 2009 levels.

IRS Appropriations FY 2009 - 2014 and FY 2015 Requested Appropriation

IRS Appropriations Fiscal Years 2009 through 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 Requested Appropriation

Staffing has also declined by about 10,000 full-time equivalents since fiscal year 2010, and performance has been uneven. ...

IRS does not calculate actual ROI or use it for resource decisions. These limitations are important, which is why GAO recommended in 2012 that IRS explore developing such estimates. ... GAO recommends that IRS (1) develop a long-term strategy to manage uncertain budgets, and (2) calculate actual ROI for implemented initiatives, compare actual ROI to projected ROI, and use the data to inform resource decisions.

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I do like the notion that merely changing the type of tax that is collected would take away the need for the collection agency. Sometimes it becomes painfully obvious when actual discussion cannot be had with someone, so it is best to walk-away.

Posted by: Daniel | Jun 17, 2014 8:21:19 AM

I can't see how these previous comments make sense. An IRS that actually knows what its mission is and plans for it, is what is needed. That the ideal may be far off can't be disputed; but to continuously cut the collection/accounts receivable department of the country is truly short-sighted.

Posted by: Sean Hannan | Jun 16, 2014 7:26:04 PM

Replace the income tax with the FairTax ( and ABOLISH the IRS!

FairTax cures a lot of economic, social and political ills infecting this country.

Posted by: Taxman | Jun 15, 2014 11:22:33 AM

Congress needs to cut the IRS budget to ensure IRS cannot abuse American citizens based on their ideology or legislate about The states that did not sign up for the Federal Exchanges under Obamacare.

Posted by: JoyO | Jun 14, 2014 6:39:48 PM

Just think .. now with ObamaCare, you can now have all of your medical records digitized … and lost by the IRS

Posted by: Neo | Jun 14, 2014 5:58:53 AM