If the Senate doesn't do what you want and the average person is against what you want out of Congress, what does the pResident do to make life easier for you and your billions? Slash IRS auditors jobs. Not just any IRS auditors are getting the ax. Specifically half of the IRS auditors that go over the tax returns of the uber-wealthy that make sure there is no hanky-panky going on, like trying to "fudge" on their "vast fortunes" in their estate taxes, are getting the ax.
The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, specifically those who are subject to gift and estate taxes when they transfer parts of their fortunes to their children and others.
The administration plans to cut the jobs of 157 of the agency’s 345 estate tax lawyers, plus 17 support personnel, in less than 70 days. Kevin Brown, an I.R.S. deputy commissioner, confirmed the cuts after The New York Times was given internal documents by people inside the I.R.S. who oppose them.
The Bush administration has passed measures that reduce the number of Americans who are subject to the estate tax — which opponents refer to as the “death tax” — but has failed in its efforts to eliminate the tax entirely. Mr. Brown said in a telephone interview Friday that he had ordered the staff cuts because far fewer people were obliged to pay estate taxes under President Bush’s legislation.
I'm no fan of the IRS, unless they do something really good, like keep the uber-greedy in line, or find other forms of fraud that ultimately cost taxpayers mo' money. I'm not surprised at all that there are some that feel these job cuts are retribution for not getting it's way in the first place.
But six I.R.S. estate tax lawyers whose jobs are likely to be eliminated said in interviews that the cuts were just the latest moves behind the scenes at the I.R.S. to shield people with political connections and complex tax-avoidance devices from thorough audits.
I mentioned these auditors save the taxpayers money, this is how:
Estate tax lawyers are the most productive tax law enforcement personnel at the I.R.S., according to Mr. Brown. For each hour they work, they find an average of $2,200 of taxes that people owe the government.
Remember, this is just from the estate taxes of the uber-wealthy. These auditor's boss, the lackey to Bush, then totally flips on himself in the next sentence.
Mr. Brown said that careful analysis showed that the I.R.S. was auditing enough returns to catch cheats and that 10 percent of the estate audits brought in 80 percent of the additional taxes. He said that auditing a greater percentage of gift and estate tax returns would not be worthwhile because “the next case is not a lucrative case” and likely to be of relatively little value.
What the hell does that mean? How the hell can the next case not be lucrative? This is asinine. If auditors are finding an average of $2200.00 per hour from cheating, how the hell can continuing not find more cheating? This totally does not make any sense.
Over the last five years, officials at both the I.R.S. and the Treasury have told Congress that cheating among the highest-income Americans is a major and growing problem.
The six I.R.S. tax lawyers, some of whom were willing to be named, all said that clear evidence of fraud was pursued vigorously by the agency, but that when audits showed the use of complicated schemes to understate the value of assets, the I.R.S. had become increasingly reluctant to pursue cases.
The lawyers said that the risk analysis system the I.R.S. used to evaluate whether to pursue such cases gave higher-level officials cover to not pursue tax cheats and, in the process, emboldened the most aggressive tax advisers to prepare gift and estate tax returns that shortchanged the government.
I find it very interesting that only the IRS's deputy commissioner is quoted or even named in this article. What about the commissioner, Everson?
Here's what I think we should do. Stop the firing of the 157 IRS auditors, immediately. Instead fire lackey, deputy commissioner Kevin Brown immediately, as ell as Bush crony Mark W. Everson, and put in somebody that knows what the hell they are doing, and will do what is best for society, not comply with the interests of a very few.