Paul L. Caron

Monday, June 30, 2014

Spending by the IRS, 1970-2014


Data here. (Hat Tip: Len Burman.)

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Hmm....the commentary in Tuesday's Washington Post online does not agree.
See: "Why the GOP really wants to defund IRS"

Posted by: BOLO | Jul 1, 2014 12:11:57 PM

The left axis appears to have 1 too many zeros. IRS budget has never even come close to 140 billion dollars, even in 2014 dollars. 2012 budget was something like 12 billion

Posted by: Jeffrey | Jul 1, 2014 8:36:31 AM

So, while spending has been growing exponentially, what happened to productivity? Or do we even dare ask such a question?

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Jul 1, 2014 7:41:45 AM

Shouldn't that be Millions of dollars, not Billions of dollars?

Posted by: Zombie Shane | Jul 1, 2014 7:34:24 AM

The graph is pretty misleading. The increase is because of payouts from programs like the EIC. The administration portion of the graph has been pretty flat.

Posted by: Dave Munnell | Jul 1, 2014 7:14:15 AM