Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Beast of Burden Republicans Would Add to Deficit by Starving the IRS

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Beast of Burden Republicans Would Add to Deficit by Starving the IRS

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Even as the IRS' duties have grown with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the agency has had to do more with less. In real terms, the agency's budget has declined by 14 percent since 2010 while its staff has shrunk by 11 percent over the same time period. But that's not enough for House Republicans. On Monday they passed a harebrained amendment slashing the IRS' tax-enforcement budget by $1.2 billion, a 24 percent reduction.

Republicans claim to care about the budget deficit. Hamstringing the country's revenue collection service is a decidedly ineffective strategy to that end. The IRS receives $255 in tax collections for every one dollar it is appropriated, according to The National Taxpayer Advocate's 2013 report to Congress. At a time when the agencies already undercollect $385 billion in taxes due to weakened enforcement, the answer is more funding, not less.

The toxic "starve the beast" mentality that has so enthralled Republicans is partially to blame, as are the irresponsible efforts of congressmen like Darrell Issa to use investigations into IRS treatment of tax-exempt groups as an excuse to drum up a wider scandal by searching for an unsubstantiated link to the White House. …

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