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Posted on 01/14/2018 8:55:03 AM PST by entropy12
GOP may increase IRSs budget © Getty Images Republicans are weighing whether to increase the IRSs funding so that the agency has more money to implement the new tax-cut law.
GOP lawmakers were highly critical of the agency during the Obama administration, but now want to make sure that their signature legislative achievement is carried out effectively.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that the administration is talking to Congress about providing the IRS with more money for implementation purposes. And GOP lawmakers have expressed an openness to a funding increase.
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But a budget increase isn’t a done deal, with Republican lawmakers also wondering if the IRS could better use the resources it already has.
I think well probably take a look into that, but I dont know that theyre going to need more funding, said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
The IRS saw its budget slashed in the early part of the decade, forcing the agency to shrink its staff by thousands. The agency saw a slight increase in funding in fiscal 2016 and had its funding level kept flat is fiscal 2017, but its overall budget is still less than it was in 2008.
The IRS preliminarily estimated that it will need an additional $495 million for fiscal 2018 and 2019 to implement the new law, according to a report released Wednesday by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. This money would be needed for actions such as updating forms, answering taxpayer calls and issuing new guidance.
While Olson said that there is work the IRS can do to improve taxpayer service that doesnt require more funds, she also said there is no doubt that the agency needs a funding increase.
The Trump administrations budget proposal last year cut the IRSs budget for fiscal 2018 by $239 million. But Mnuchin is now discussing more funds with lawmakers, and says he thinks the agency will make new hires to carry out the law.
We would expect that we would hire a significant number of people to help with the implementation, he said Friday at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington.
On Capitol Hill, Republicans have made the IRS one of top targets for their anger in recent years particularly after a 2013 inspector general report found that the agency had subjected conservative groups applications for tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny and delays.
Members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus pushed for former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to be impeached, accusing him of impeding congressional investigations into the targeting scandal. Besides the complaints about the scrutiny of conservative groups, Republicans have also blasted the IRS over taxpayer service and cybersecurity issues.
But Koskinens term ended in November, and Republicans feel like they can work with acting commissioner David Kautter, who is also Trumps assistant secretary for tax policy at the Treasury Department.
Its also to Republicans benefit to see the new tax law implemented with as few hiccups as possible. The measure was one of the GOPs top priorities and passed without any votes from Democrats.
Mark Everson, a former IRS commissioner under President George W. Bush, said that Republicans wont want a rerun of Democrats botched rollout of ObamaCare which made an already controversial law look
Go after the so-called “nonprofits”
Start with the SPLC
They are desperate to take your money and give it to parasites to keep them from rioting so they continue to live in their big houses paid for by jobs for their wives from “donors” . They use guns and the IRS to insure that gets done.
Reduce the IRS force as is being done in the EPA
P.s.: No more of my money to sh*thole countries.
NO! Publish the new rates, booklets and forms, then CUT the IRS!! Fewer people paying taxes and fewer filing long forms means LESS IRS and fewer audits required. Most people can now file on a postcard—make it an electronic postcard and be done with it.
Everything is computerized...either you’re right or wrong.
I hope President Trump complains to the FCC about its licensees broadcasting Dick Durbins pottymouth and, worse, rhetorically putting the language in the mouth of the POTUS.
The new rules will very considerably simplify taxes and tax forms. They can probably cut the IRS in half. Especially if they use them to help people pay their taxes instead of bullying conservatives and passing out pork to crooks.
no time for Trump agenda, but time for this
Probably just need to increase their armed contingent.
It’s simpler but they are going to have a lot more coming in from California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Illinois.
Where was the inspector general for the IRS, when Lois Lerner was still in her position
LOL that is true!