re: #168 Dread Pirate
This isn’t exactly ground breaking. I’ve been seeing articles about the need to increase funding for the IRS for the last 2 decades. The underfunding is done deliberately to make it impossible for the IRS to do more than its basic functions. It doesn’t have the resources to hire the numbers of high caliber lawyers and forensic accountants it needs to go after the high dollar tax frauds.
I see a lot of people in the responses going, yeah but they could get lots of money from those big tax cheats. The problem is the IRS isn’t structured that way - they don’t get to keep the money they get from the audits, so hiring the expensive lawyers, auditors and accountants doesn’t do much for them. They’re better off with more boots on the ground to carry out the basic work of the organization.
There’s fixes to this - one is to just give them more money. Another is to allow the IRS to keep a portion of the funds obtained from high value cases to supplement their budget.