Karl Fogel

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To all those people who say "But we must enforce the law!" regarding illegal immigration:

You agree that principle applies to tax laws too and you urge your Senators to finally fully fund the IRS so it can do audits on the complicatedly wealthy again, right?

Because the IRS has been deliberately underfunded for years, preventing it from enforcing tax laws on people with the means to hide wealth in complicated ways. You knew about that too, right?

Funding the IRS doesn't even cost anything -- it pays for itself and then some!

clacke@libranet.de ❌, Mike Linksvayer likes this.

Indeed. The analogies go further. People already pay steep fees to cross borders, they could pay the jurisdiction they are entering rather than paying smugglers. Tax evasion doesn't need to be a crime, just have steep enough financial penalties (and of course make compliance easy and evasion hard). In both cases less crime and punishment, more public money. Yay!

Mike Linksvayer at 2019-07-12T21:25:29Z

Bad strawman.

We're losing hideous amounts of money on refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit that. For the most recent data year available we lost $18 billion on the Earned Income Tax Credit. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration the Office for Management & Budget granted special exemption for a couple programs to stay off the main Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 reports for the time being. All in all we're losing around $30-50 billion just from your averge Joe Sixpack.

If we repealed most of these refundable tax credits the amount of potential fraud would greatly reduce since such a vast number attempt fraud relative to those credits alone. That would free up around two thousand personnel that could be transferred to other audit functions. From the outside it doesn't seem like it but you should never discount how big fraud by so many little people can be in the aggregate.

Stephen Michael Kellat at 2019-07-14T23:13:17Z