Don’t Normalize the IRS – Abolish It!

A gathering of tax lawyers at the Widener Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law recently heard from John Dalrymple, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement for the Internal Revenue Service. Dalrymple sought to assure the crowd that while the executive branch’s transition from one administration to the next might be hectic, there’s no need for worry. The IRS, Dalrymple reassured the audience, remains steadfast and committed to helping you, Dear Citizen.

“During Presidential transition periods, the IRS remains focused on serving the American taxpayer. Our day to day operations are run by career professionals. Our only political appointee is the Commissioner.”

Ok. Go on…

“That’s very unique in government. (In other agencies) many layers of management officials leave the government every four years on Jan. 20th.”

Huzzah for mass firings, resignations by attrition, and natural turnover! But…

“Our commissioner (John Koskinen) has an appointment til next November. He is the only leader who will change at that point…”

Oh. Dang.

“The bottom line for the IRS and the administration has been an incredibly steady hand.”

Oh, no. A steady hand in government is the one with a gun to your head.

“We’ve had some difficulties in the budget. Our budget has been cut by over $1 billion since 2010…”

Boo hoo. MORE CUTS NOW.

“We’re still not sure what our funding is going to be for 2017. Our Continuing Resolution runs through Dec. 9.  It appears as though we’ll be under a Continuing Resolution at least until March. They’ll probably not pass a (full U.S.) budget in a lame-duck session. It’s not impossible…”

Abolition…?

“Over time, through filters, this will [technological advances and online components] enable us to see more clearly anomalous returns. We’ll communicate with taxpayers as close to the point of origin as possible and ask them to take a close look and make sure we don’t have an error. They’ll be able to get into online account and let us know they are comfortable.”

“If they find the problem they’d be able to get into the account and offer up an amendment online. If we accepted… we’d be able to be done with that account.”

No more letters, no more weeks-long delays. “This is how we view the future of tax administration…”

Continue reading Dalrymple’s comments and take note that he hopes for more businesses and governments to work together “to make sure that international companies comply with tax regulations in jurisdictions where they operate.  The key is the ability to exchange information.”

If you’re a sensible person, then nothing can be much worse than the thought of more collusion between corporations and the State to track your financial transactions, wealth accumulation, and in essence, your every move.

Normalizing the practices of the IRS isn’t the answer. Making the process smoother and more efficient should not be the goal whatsoever.

Rolling back Leviathan is our mission, because government is that wonderful institution where the division of labor allows for one department to administer tax collection, all the while another department plans military occupations, bombing campaigns, and targeted assassinations — with your money.

USA #1! Right?

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Jared Labell is the Executive Director of The Libertarian Institute as well as Taxpayers United of America. A native of Texas, Jared is a history major whose work and interviews have been published by dozens of radio, newspaper, and television stations across Illinois and publicized nationally, including such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WGN, Fox, ABC, NPR, and the Illinois Radio Network, as well as Antiwar.com, the Future of Freedom Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Education.