IRS explains that it harassed taxpayers because it isn't funded well enough
On the face of it, the Taxpayer Advocate Service is supposed to be one of the good guys. They are, after all, supposed to represent taxpayers, and right on cue they are speaking up about the problems at the agency and how the IRS needs to make it up to taxpayers.
[Taxpayer Advocate Service] found that inadequate guidance, inadequate training, inadequate systems, inadequate metrics, insufficient transparency, and management failures all contributed to the problems, along with EO's failure to vet its guidance with TAS and EO leadership's failure to acknowledge TAS's statutory authority ...
So what are they asking for, specifically? What would it take to rectify these severe image problems at the USA's least favorite federal agency?
More money for guidance.
More money for training.
More money for systems.
More money for metrics.
More money for transparency.
More money for management.
More money to bribe taxpayers.
More power for the taxpayer advocates.
Sorry, no. I believe bad behavior should be punished, not rewarded. And making "apology payments" to taxpayers with money collected from taxpayers is just insulting.
That doesn't mean punitive action is inappropriate. It means that punitive action in this case should involve the IRS employees involved losing their jobs, paying fines, and going to jail.
This entry was published Thu Jun 27 01:38:50 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2013-06-27 01:38:50.0.