Martin Lobel

Martin Lobel is chairman of the board of Tax Analysts and a partner at Lobel, Novins & Lamont, LLP. His views are not necessarily those of Tax Analysts.

 

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How Plutocrats Cripple the IRS

You pay more because elites use their influence to pay less.

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This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine . Subscribe here . For every dollar appropriated to the Internal Revenue Service, the public collects more than $4 in taxes. Nonetheless, Congress has cut the IRS appropriations by $1.2 billion since 2010 while expanding the service’s administrative burdens by giving it responsibility for enforcing laws extraneous to tax collection, such as the Affordable Care Act. The IRS is also responsible for administering innumerable socioeconomic incentives in the tax code, including tax preferences for health care, retirement, social welfare, education, energy, housing, and economic stimulation, none of which are related to the IRS’s primary function of raising revenue—all with reduced funding. Plutocrats, the richest 0.1 percent of Americans, get the most benefit from a weakened IRS. Because they have the money, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the accountants, and the secret campaign funds, they are...