Target: Senate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight Chairman Michael Bennet
Goal: Fully fund the Internal Revenue Service
The recent scandal about the IRS targeting conservative groups drew many discussions about the unlimited power that the agency holds. Yet there has virtually been no talk about the budget cuts that affected the IRS in the last few years. According to an analysis by tax expert David Cay Johnston, this year the IRS budget per capita (meaning per person) went down 20 percent from 2002. This summer, the agency will close its doors for five days because of the sequester. These cuts are costing the Treasury money. The Internal Revenue Service is underfunded and cannot do its job of tax collection, law enforcement or customer service. Congress needs to restore adequate funding for the IRS.
In 2011 the Government Accountability Office released a study showing that in the end of fiscal year 2010, roughly $330 billion in federal taxes were never collected. Because of missed federal revenue, national deficit continues to grow. In 2012, the budget of the IRS was about $11.8 billion, and the agency collected about $2.52 trillion for the Treasury. When Congress cuts funding for IRS, the federal government loses more money than it saves. In this era of budget deficits and economic unrest, this practice does not make any sense.
Now U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) wants to further cut IRS funding. He insists that it should not be able to hire new agents to help implement the Affordable Care Act. This cannot happen. The IRS deserves full funding, because this agency brings much more money into the national coffers than it costs.
Sign this petition to urge the Senate to reverse its damaging politics and increase funding for the IRS.
Dear Mr. Bennet,
With the media spotlight on the IRS, it is important to remember that the agency is severely underfunded. Tax expert David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize recipient, reported that this year the IRS budget per capita went down 20 percent from 2002. It is impossible for the agency to do its job of tax collection, tax law enforcement and customer service.
The sequester further worsens the situation, forcing the IRS to close its doors for five days this summer. The U.S. right now has a deficit and revenue problems, so it does not make sense to cut the very agency that has the capacity to solve them. According to the Government Accountability Office, during the fiscal year 2012 about $330 billion in federal taxes were never collected.
Please oppose Sen. Dean Heller’s bill to further cut the budget for the IRS and encourage fellow lawmakers to give the agency more funds, to allow it to operate at full capacity and provide our government with much needed revenue.
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