Can the IRS Enforce the Tax Code?

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More than token efforts are needed.

By CPA Trendlines Research

The Internal Revenue Service has its work cut out for it this year. Government outlays are expected to increase by a good $200 billion in 2020, and the deficit is expected to rise from $981 billion to just over a trillion dollars, provided revenues increase by a projected $188 billion. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the tax reductions effected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will increase the budget deficit by a net $1.891 trillion by 2027.

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So the IRS needs every penny it can scrape up. But the scraping’s been hindered by agency budget cuts and consequent losses of personnel. Just as the country needs more revenue than ever, its tax collector is struggling to enforce its tax code.

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