Skip to comments.Internal Revenue Service Solicits for Behavioral Engineering Experiments
Posted on 09/24/2011 11:37:24 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
Behavioral Experiment Transparency vs Burden
Solicitation Number: TIRNO-11-Q-00349
Agency: Department of the Treasury
Office: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Location: National Office Procurement (OS:A:P)
Added: Sep 16, 2011 11:03 am
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to issue a sole sourced purchase order to the University of Minnesota's Social Behavior Science Division Research Professors: Marsha Blumenthal and Laura Kalambolidis, for research experiments, data to explore the impacts of Behavioral experiments of alternative reporting regimes: transparency vs. burden.
BACKGROUND: The project involves a three-stage laboratory experiment to explore taxpayers' willingness to accept increased reporting burden in exchange for either earnings or non-transparency of earnings to the authority. The first stage is designed to induce subjects to reveal their tendency to under-report taxable earnings in a voluntary reporting system with random audits and penalties for under-reporting. The second stage tests subjects' willingness to pay for burden reduction when there is no opportunity to under-report earnings. The third stage presents subjects with two alternative regimes. One regime shall have no reporting burden, there shall be no opportunity to misreport. In the alternative regime subjects shall have to track their earning (a burden,) but subjects shall have the opportunity to increase their payoff by misreporting. Using our knowledge from the first two stages about subjects' tendency to under-report, analysis of third stage behavior shall tell us whether the regime choice is an effective mechanism for separating compliant and non-compliant taxpayers.
The proposed experiment is related to previous research on matching vs. rebate subsidies for charitable contributions. However, the setting for these experiments shall be in the context of income reporting and thus more broadly applicable to voluntary reporting of income and deduction items.
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Do they furnish the electrodes or do I bring my own?
Our tax money at work....
Actually I find this whole matter repulsive.
(You don't have TO be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
Neither. They take the money from the guy next to you, give it to you as a subsidy which you aure then required to assign to an approved electrode provider.The original payee may be able to deduct said costs at the charitable deduction rate upon submitting form#...................
Thank you for the correction, you see which I aspire to.
The vehicle serving as the IRS petri dish is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which will provide IRS access to virtually all micro transactions and financial behavior patterns of 311 million people, from which they can never escape...all this in addition to the Banking system of the Fed providing a limited number of Federally approved and controlled mortgage and credit options for a behavior modified massive group of consumers. The CFPB is NOT for protection of consumers..it is for ubiquitous control of consumers, period.
The non-under reporting model would require all transactions to be monitored by the IRS.
If I bought a bouquet of roses at a florist shop it would have to hooked to the IRS and report, otherwise they could never keep track of the 1099s.
No rats for this experiment!
Only law schools grads.
There are some things that rats just won’t do.
“It seems that we are all lab rats in the eyes of the IRS ...”
Zero said public sector employees are our friends and neighbors....
The question is:
In a representative form of government.. is the IRS just us taxing ourselves, or is the public sector “masquerading” as “us”, but really now representing a whole new and distinct group that really only serves their (public sector) own interests (paychecks) at our (private sector) expense.
I know that that public sector employees pay taxes too. But, isn’t that money just recycled from “seed” revenue that has to be generated by the public sector?
It’s as if the public sector has become its own country within a county and declared war on the private sector with the intention to force the defeated to pay reparations.
What happens when the private sector is sooo tapped out that it can no longer support and ever expanding public sector?
“Actually I find this whole matter repulsive.”
I find the concept of income tax repulsive.