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I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors (government moving to eliminate nearly half of the lawyers)
NY Times ^ | 7/23/06 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON

Posted on 07/23/2006 8:35:51 PM PDT by Libloather

I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors
By DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
Published: July 23, 2006

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.

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.

Sharyn Phillips, a veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer in Manhattan, called the cuts a “back-door way for the Bush administration to achieve what it cannot get from Congress, which is repeal of the estate tax.”

Mr. Brown dismissed as preposterous any suggestion that the I.R.S. was soft on rich tax cheats.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: auditors; bloodsuckers; cut; deathtax; deathtaxes; eliminate; estatetax; federal; government; govwatch; graverobbers; irs; jobs; lawyers; tax; taxes; taxthedead; tstatetaxes; vampire

1 posted on 07/23/2006 8:35:54 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

You know the old joke:

What do you call 100 dead lawyers?

A GOOD START!


2 posted on 07/23/2006 8:41:04 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: Libloather
"government moving to eliminate half of all lawyers".

Hmmm, looking for the down side here....

Oh, you didn't mean...?

Never mind. Ya' really had me going there for a minute. Ha! Ha!

Least I'll have sweet dreams tonight.

3 posted on 07/23/2006 8:46:59 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Libloather

A surgical reduction in force? Boy, that IRS is good.


4 posted on 07/23/2006 8:53:24 PM PDT by thegreatbeast
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To: Libloather

Lawyers will be the downfall of the American Dream.


5 posted on 07/23/2006 8:53:33 PM PDT by John Lenin (We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Uh, oh! More lawyers chasing ambulances and frivolous lawsuits on the streets!


6 posted on 07/23/2006 8:54:26 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: Personal Responsibility
Q: What do you call a field full of lawyers buried up to their necks in concrete?

A: Not enough concrete

Q: What's black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?

A: A doberman.

7 posted on 07/23/2006 9:00:09 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
Lawyer arrives in heaven and there's a gigantic tickertape parade for him. He asks Saint Peter, "How come all this for little old me?!?"

St. Peter replies, "Why, of course it's because you're the oldest man ever to live on earth - 986 years old!"

The lawyer replies, "There must be some mistake! I'm only 73."

St. Peter says, "Dang! We were going by your timesheets."

8 posted on 07/23/2006 9:03:32 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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To: Libloather

I doubt these lawyers will be lamenting very long. They can get much more in private practice.


9 posted on 07/23/2006 9:13:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Some lawyers can. Others are scrounging for public defender work and bankruptcy cases.


10 posted on 07/23/2006 9:17:02 PM PDT by DuxFan4ever
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To: Libloather
A sign of the times...

All these guys will be out of a job once the FairTax is passed.

11 posted on 07/23/2006 9:17:41 PM PDT by upchuck (Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.)
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To: DuxFan4ever

Any gummint job, the wages stink but the benefits are wonderful.


12 posted on 07/23/2006 9:18:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Personal Responsibility

You know the old joke:

What do you call 100 dead lawyers?

A GOOD START!



If they are government lawyers, I'm with you all the way.


13 posted on 07/23/2006 9:30:10 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Libloather; dalereed; tubebender; NormsRevenge; Dog Gone; Paloma_55; calcowgirl; Iconoclast2; ...
"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."

This is how the NYT is getting all their "leaks" from the "intellegence agencies" and other agencies throughout the government. All the Clinton/Democrap hires are deep throating their bile to the NYT, who is trying to run President Bush outa town on a rail with tar and feathers all over him!!!

The NYT is hurting not only national security, but the general administration of the government by elected representatives of US!!! Why do we just sit here at our keyboards and take it??? This has to stop or we might as well quit having elections and just let the illegitimate bastards run everything like the leftist dictators they wanna be!!!

14 posted on 07/23/2006 9:30:59 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Memo To: Uncle Sam Re: Terrorists, Insurgents and Illegal Combatants...NoUniforms... No Prisoners!!!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
Uh, oh! More lawyers chasing ambulances and frivolous lawsuits on the streets!

In either job, it's their business to screw people over.
15 posted on 07/23/2006 9:31:49 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Libloather
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.

I couldn't even get through this first paragraph without breaking out laughing and glancing up to see where this liberal, leftist, 'Rat talking point was literally being parroted from. Talk about lack of any plan or idea.

This whole thing was written as if it came directly off the 'Rat talking points fax--- from the 2000 election! Can't they even come up with something besides the old, trite "for the richest 1% of Americans" krap?? Apparently not.

Are there still unwashed, sub-idiot IQ people out there who actually believe this stuff? Oh, that's right, only about 50% of the population, judging from the voting of the last two Pres. elections.

What maroons!

16 posted on 07/23/2006 9:33:26 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Beelzebubba
"What do you call 100 dead lawyers?

A GOOD START!"



"If they are government lawyers, I'm with you all the way."



So if, God forbid, your wife or daughter gets raped you would want the perp prosecuted by the...local dentist?
17 posted on 07/23/2006 9:35:18 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Prokopton
Without lawyers, the laws would be reasonably written, easily interpreted, and a high school graduate could defend himself from any charge. Of course with lawyers and their Whereas and Wherefores and such, we have to pay for an interpreter, to decode the rules the interpreters teachers laid out.
18 posted on 07/23/2006 10:19:03 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: jeremiah

I have had too much contact with IRS personnel, including lawyers. They are unbelievably bad. Getting mixed up with them is like being sent to the gulag.


19 posted on 07/23/2006 10:32:10 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Prokopton

not at all smartarse, i will take care of him myself lest one of you dirt bags gets him off on some tech issue


20 posted on 07/23/2006 10:36:15 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Prokopton
Unless the Rapist is bulletproof I don't see why I would need a prosecutor. I might need a defense attorney though.
21 posted on 07/23/2006 10:47:53 PM PDT by ME-262 (The Democrat party is slowly being reduced by abortion AIDS and imprisonment...and soon deportation!)
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To: Libloather
YEA! The heirs of more wealthy families will invest in more businesses rather than the gubmint pissing the money down some rat hole.
22 posted on 07/24/2006 2:52:41 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Libloather
And after these garbage have been removed from the IRS, can we send them to Gitmo/Abu Ghraib ?

I just took a peek in the DUmpster to see how they were reacting. Enjoy ! :-) http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x2406723

23 posted on 07/24/2006 5:25:46 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: ME-262
lol

Cool tagline too !

24 posted on 07/24/2006 5:31:27 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Prokopton

So if, God forbid, your wife or daughter gets raped you would want the perp prosecuted by the...local dentist?



Where were you when the other poster cheerily implied support for murdering all lawyers?


25 posted on 07/24/2006 8:47:32 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Beelzebubba

"Where were you when the other poster cheerily implied support for murdering all lawyers?"

Read your post 13. That's what you posted and that's what I replied to.


26 posted on 07/24/2006 8:52:40 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Libloather

I'll go out on a limb and be unpopular here:

I don't like this. Its not a question of whether or not the system is fair in its current form or whether or not there should be a flat tax / fair tax / national sales tax / whatever.

The audits on these returns bring in a substantial amount of taxes. If these people are underpaying their taxes, they are either being negligent or are committing a crime. If you don't like the law, work to get it changed, but tax evasion isn't right. People violating the law should be found, investigated, and prosecuted if the errors were intentional.


27 posted on 07/24/2006 9:52:17 AM PDT by eraser2005
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To: Libloather
Sharyn Phillips, a veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer in Manhattan,

Love how the MSM always goes to a disinterested party for an opinion.

28 posted on 07/24/2006 10:25:53 AM PDT by Comico Atómico (The War on Terror commenced in 622 AD)
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To: upchuck
You're right on that point!!!

It's time for the FairTax!!!

29 posted on 07/24/2006 12:01:02 PM PDT by pigdog
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To: Prokopton

Learn about context.

Look at the post I was replying to.


30 posted on 07/24/2006 1:41:42 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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