Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Like Pulling Teeth

A new report from a watchdog group in Washington explains that the IRS is unable to do its job because of budget cuts and increased workload.

So, not only is our country going through a recession, but the government has gone to such drastic lengths to cut spending that they have crippled the agency that collects their revenue. It's like pulling teeth: with every one, it gets harder and harder to take in the nutrients needed to survive. Pretty soon, our government isn't going to be able get anything except soft, bland food.

The IRS is probably the most despised agency in government, especially at this time of year. However, it serves a vital function. Like all vital functions, it works best when it has everything it needs. With the recent spending cuts and the changes in tax policy, the IRS has been relying more and more on computer programs and automation for dealing with taxes and trying to weed out fraud. This has led to a variety of errors, which has taken more time and money to sort out.

The problem is that the IRS doesn't have the funding to hunt down tax cheats. It doesn't have the money to go after those who break the law, and certainly not enough to process taxes faster. But this is their job and they have to do the best they can.

Wouldn't it be in the government's own best interest to collect all the money it's entitled to? I sure think so. Then, maybe we can stop worrying about people cheating the system and defrauding the government.

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