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Stop starving the beast of the IRS (Barf Alert!)
The Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2014 | Catherine Rampell

Posted on 07/03/2014 5:06:07 AM PDT by magellan

Pretty much everyone hates the Internal Revenue Service. And I realize this is an especially strange time to stick up for the agency, given the suspicious disappearance of a few thousand key e-mails that Congress wants to see. But right now, the IRS desperately needs a champion.

Our country’s fiscal future — not to mention taxpayers’ collective mental health — depends on it.

The IRS generates way more money than it spends, after all. For every dollar appropriated to the IRS in the 2013 fiscal year, the agency collected $255, according to the national taxpayer advocate’s office. That’s a darn good return on investment.

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


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: irs
This thing reads like a repackaging of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's pathetic whining.

Theft ALWAYS has a good return on investment, you dolt! "Generate" revenue? The Taxpayers "Generate" the revenue, you freakin' clueless moron.

Catherine Rampell went to Andover (the expensive boarding school G.W. Bush and Al Gore went to) and Princeton. She scored 1600 on the SAT.

She is a female Ezra Klein, attempting "explanatorey journalism". And she does not have the common sense God gave a goat.

1 posted on 07/03/2014 5:06:07 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

“The IRS generates way more money than it spends,”

WOW. That’s just flat out amazing. Who would have ever though the IRS would bring in more money than it spends.


2 posted on 07/03/2014 5:09:06 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: magellan
The IRS generates way more money than it spends, after all. For every dollar appropriated to the IRS in the 2013 fiscal year, the agency collected $255

Right there it is !

Another 255 reasons to disband the IRS, neuter the believers, destroy the buildings, salt the earth upon which they stood and forbid the speaking or writing of the name throughout the galaxy for the next 10,000 centuries.


3 posted on 07/03/2014 5:13:02 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: magellan

They took our money and proceeded to push the election toward those who would destroy the entire country... I’m not seeing the benefit yet. There are better ways of collecting taxes.


4 posted on 07/03/2014 5:13:38 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: magellan

“For every dollar appropriated to the IRS in the 2013 fiscal year, the agency collected $255...”

I read that 3x and still don’t understand such convoluted thinking, except from a libtard.


5 posted on 07/03/2014 5:17:26 AM PDT by carriage_hill ( Incoming fire always has the right of way.)
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To: magellan

What a moron. The IRS doesn’t “generate money”. It confiscates it.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 5:23:22 AM PDT by wny
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To: magellan

I’m stunned to learn that the IRS only collects at the ratio of 225 to 1. Wow.


7 posted on 07/03/2014 5:25:53 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: magellan
For every dollar the IRS is funded it diverts $225 away from productive investment and diminishes the economy to that extent.


8 posted on 07/03/2014 5:27:27 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: carriage_hill
"I pay Guido $100/week, and he shakes down collects $25,500/week."

That's how I read it.

/johnny

9 posted on 07/03/2014 5:28:17 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Okay; makes perfect sense, now! lol.


10 posted on 07/03/2014 5:35:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill ( Incoming fire always has the right of way.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The IRS is so strapped for resources that it could only manage to harass a few dozen conservative groups by concocting hundreds of illegal questions. Just think of what they could have done with more troopies!


11 posted on 07/03/2014 5:36:24 AM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: magellan
given the suspicious disappearance of a few thousand million key e-mails that Congress wants to see.

All fixed.

12 posted on 07/03/2014 5:36:41 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (7 hard drives crashed at exactly the most opportune moment for the Regime. Coincidence?)
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To: magellan
For every dollar appropriated to the IRS in the 2013 fiscal year, the agency collected $255

Yeah, except both the appropriations and collections come from the same place-
US!

But I agree, we SHOULD stop 'starving the beast'......and just drive a stake through its heart.

13 posted on 07/03/2014 5:39:11 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: magellan

“But they made the trains run on time!”


14 posted on 07/03/2014 5:40:05 AM PDT by Harry Pothead (Go Sarah! I still love her...)
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To: TalBlack

I’m stunned to learn that the IRS only collects at the ratio of 225 to 1. Wow.

A grim example of Government at work!
If it were a charity(even for a good cause) I would not donate.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 5:41:37 AM PDT by woodyinscc
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To: magellan
This is the same Washington Post that could find nothing good to say about the Nixon administration. And now they're defending the IRSS????

Lickspittle journalism at its best ...

16 posted on 07/03/2014 5:49:28 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: carriage_hill
The difference between governments and shakedown/protection rackets is very narrow. Mainly, it seems to boil down to snappy uniforms.

/johnny

17 posted on 07/03/2014 5:51:15 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: magellan
But right now, the IRS desperately needs a champion.

No it don't...it needs to be abolished.

18 posted on 07/03/2014 5:55:15 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: magellan

“The IRS generates way more money than it spends”

Criminal stupidity.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 5:56:24 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: magellan

Until obammy is done trying to destroy American and is gone, nothing good will happen with the federal gubmint.
This butthead only knows one thing, marxism and we all know it just won’t work.


20 posted on 07/03/2014 5:58:23 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

ABOLISH THE IRS!

This un-American agency in which citizens are guilty until proven innocent should never have the ability to intimidate Americans or alter the results of an election again.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 6:02:59 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: magellan

Leave the IRS alone!

22 posted on 07/03/2014 6:04:25 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

“That’s a darn good return on investment.”

I work hard for my pay. Some of it I invest as I think would be of the best benefit to me. Some of it is taken from me without my consent and “invested” as I do not wish it to be.

I am able to make a distinction between the two.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 6:05:17 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: magellan

“The IRS generates way more money than it spends,”

Sorry, you didn’t build that. The taxpayers did.


24 posted on 07/03/2014 6:17:16 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: magellan
For every dollar appropriated to the IRS in the 2013 fiscal year, the agency collected $255, according to the national taxpayer advocate’s office. That’s a darn good return on investment.

Bank robbers use the same tactics and offer a similar return on investment - but at least I don't have journalists telling me I need to give sanction and approval to their actions.

25 posted on 07/03/2014 6:17:33 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Maurice Tift
There are better ways of collecting taxes.

Has an unbiased analysis of the revenue that would have been collected by the FairTax over a particular time period (in relation to IRS collections for the same time) ever been performed?

26 posted on 07/03/2014 6:18:45 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: magellan

Reading the comments, I learned a new word “Tealiban” (as in Taliban).
I am still so surprised at the number of folks who believe that the government is a force for good. It is a necessary evil that should be scaled at a level to control with oversight. Now we have created a monster that means to devour us all.


27 posted on 07/03/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT by griswold3 (I was born heI're in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: griswold3
I am still so surprised at the number of folks who believe that the government is a force for good. It is a necessary evil that should be scaled at a level to control with oversight. Now we have created a monster that means to devour us all.

Be even more surprised that a journalist can take up for them in the same days they are being investigated for probably stealing an election.

28 posted on 07/03/2014 6:29:41 AM PDT by alrea
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Tax collection could be done with no one employed at the IRS by instituting a flat tax.


29 posted on 07/03/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: magellan

Two things need to change about the IRS -

First, the taxpayer must be innocent until proven guilty.

Second, it should be considered fraudulent and malpractice for the IRS to spend more in resources than a dispute is worth in order to collect on the disputed amount.

Of course, if the tax system were structured such that the IRS was not needed at all - so much the better.


30 posted on 07/03/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Unam Sanctam
"The IRS generates way more money than it spends."

The stupid, it burns.

Yes, that is the dumbest statement ever by a D.C. "journalist". Bank robbers generate way more money than they spend too.

31 posted on 07/03/2014 6:35:58 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

“Budget cuts beget distrust in government, which begets more budget cuts.”

Sounds like a public employee union bumper sticker.


32 posted on 07/03/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: carriage_hill

I looked at the author’s twitter (Catherine Rampell).
A couple of posts:

“Supreme Court Upholds Little Caesar’s Right to Feed Christian Employees to Lions”

“Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Orgs Want Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order”

You are correct; libtard!


33 posted on 07/03/2014 7:03:22 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: griswold3
I am still so surprised at the number of folks who believe that the government is a force for good. It is a necessary evil that should be scaled at a level to control with oversight.

Great minds think alike. . ."Government, at its best, is a necessary evil. . .at its worse, an intolerable one." Thomas Paine

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” James Madison

34 posted on 07/03/2014 7:58:56 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: magellan

“Our country’s fiscal future “

Our future has been disrespected and smashed by out of control spending, not the lack of our giving. We already give to federal, State, and local governments a combined 55% of our labor. Not even the serfs of old England gave more than 30% to the King.


35 posted on 07/03/2014 8:28:46 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: magellan
I didn't go to an expensive boarding school, in fact I ditched my poor white trash high school as much as I possibly could. (yet somehow I still managed nearly perfect SAT scores). Despite the perceptions of advantages this air head has over me I know that the IRS doesn't “Generate Revenue”, they collect taxes. Further when one branch of government takes tax dollar and assigns to the operation budget of an agency, it isn't considered a "investment".

Let us for a second pretend that this reporter isn't an idiot and that it is correct that IRS's budget is an investment and that the tax dollars they collect is "revenue". It is simply preposterous that it costs 1 dollar out of every 255 (or .39 percent) to collect this "revenue" when the overwhelming majority of "revenue" is just sent to them and requires them to do absolutely nothing except watch the money pour in. What is their justification for using .39% of all taxes collected? might it be their auditing conservatives and harassing tea party groups that makes them so valuable?

36 posted on 07/03/2014 8:47:01 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: magellan

...generates...

WOW!


37 posted on 07/03/2014 9:12:55 AM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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