A Treasury Department investigator says collections from delinquent taxpayers dropped for the second straight year in 2012, due in part to budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service.
In 2011, enforcement revenue dropped by more than $2 billion. Last year. It dropped by $5 billion more … to a little more than $50 billion. At the same time, a new Treasury report says the I-R-S is opening more delinquent taxpayer accounts than it is closing.
The I-R-S has shed about 8,000 jobs since 2010, even as the agency takes on a big role in implementing the new health care law.
I don’t mind paying my share of taxes. Government waste of that money is another matter.
I also want to see my fellow Americans taking care of their tax responsibilities. When they don’t, I see nothing wrong with the I-R-S stepping in.
I’m a bit old-fashioned. I believe in personal responsibility … which includes civic responsibility.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”