Skip to comments.Tax Tips: what's good for the goose... (RAT strategy - don't pay even AFTER getting busted)
Posted on 07/26/2009 9:59:15 PM PDT by Libloather
Tax Tips: what's good for the goose...
By Jeff Quinn
Special to the Bonanza
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. The people presently in charge of the government are very good at taking shots at the practices employed by privately-managed businesses. But we guess there must be different rules applicable to those in control.
So will somebody kindly enlighten the citizenry as to some of the recent shenanigans employed by the Social Security Administration, whose motivational management conference held recently at a high class Arizona resort managed to consume some $700,000 of taxpayer funds?
Phoenix local TV (ABC-15) raised a number of pertinent questions last week, not to mention some hackles among SSA pooh-bahs. Needless to say, not a lot of answers were forthcoming. Consider a few of the seminars available to Social Security management, to enable them to better serve you:
Mentoring the Generations will help you engage effectively across all dimensions of diverse thoughts, ideas, attitudes, beliefs, behavior and values of all generations.
Improving Organizational Performance Through Employee Engagement the effectiveness of engagement in improving organizational operations as well as the supervisory behaviors which foster greater engagement.
Interest Based Bargaining learn a collaborative process used for contract negotiations and daily problem solving that will benefit the organization as a whole.
Sounds like a lot of bafflegab to us. How about a workshop or two which deal with some basics like actually answering the phone when a beneficiary calls, and actually answering a simple question about how to sign up for benefits, or providing simple information about income tax consequences of benefits collections?
Seems that a spokesperson from the SSA's regional office said the conference was essential, that teleconferencing was not an option (why not?) and that all 675 managers needed to meet in person.
To network, no doubt. Especially during the after hours casino trip, we assume.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we wonder when the IRS will get a little more on the ball a recent Treasury Department audit suggests the revenooers have failed to collect taxes from 18 percent of those who owe more than $1 million. Bloomberg reports that due to computer glitches, 448 of the 2,454 individual taxpayers who owed $1 million or more as of December, 2007 were waiting to be processed or had been assigned a lower priority than other cases.
Nice maybe the IRS collection people need a touchy-feely seminar in Arizona to enable them to do their jobs. Perhaps a little more employee engagement is called for.
Bloomberg goes no to note that in fiscal 2007, IRS' total unpaid assessments exceeded $290 billion, of which $105.3 billion was considered potentially collectible.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, as Charlie Rangel and the rest of the powers that be want another 5.4 percent of your hard-earned dough to pay for their latest pet scheme.
You already know how that 'fair share' thing works...
Don’t pay until you are nominated to be on Obama’s cabinet?
policy idea for next gop president
anmesty to everyone who don’t pay taxes, the catch is, your name will be made public. Watch 99% of Americans sign up. funny watching all the democrats signing up to it
I would immediately fire the fool that "assigned a lower priority" to collecting from the largest cases. Um, seems to me you go after the cases with the biggest rewards first, right? I mean, duh, why waste an agent's time going after some architect that owes maybe 5K in back taxes when there are people out there that owe more than 200X that? That is fraud waste and abuse of my tax dollars. I want the IRS making the most of the agents it has - go after the biggest delinquent accounts first! Maybe they're mostly limousine liberals, or obama appointees? Maybe that's why they get a pass on what seems to be an obvious move to me.
It is likely the person who owes a Million bucks can afford attorneys to tie up cases ad infinitum. In the meantime, the guy who got stuck with the $5K he did not/cannot pay, can be tormented witless with threats and harrassment and finally coerced to shell out money he doesn't have through selling what he owns.
We've all seen the ads where they "owed 50,000 and only paid 1700" (grrrr!). Most have a cutoff for consultation for services at 10K...
I see those ads all the time as well. Makes me think that taxes are negotiable...especially for democrats