Koskinen said...even under the simplest of tax codes, the federal government would need an agency to collect revenue and administer the tax code, something Cruz’s own aides have also admitted.
The Cato Institute's Dan Mitchell walks us through the Internal Revenue Service's annual list of tax scams criminals use to bilk taxpayers out of their cash, and some taxpayers use to avoid paying what the government thinks they owe. But this is no ordinary list. Mitchell includes commentary on how all of this criminality is a direct result of our byzantine tax code:
The Internal Revenue Service has another problem that it would rather you not know anything about:
Hundreds of former Internal Revenue Service employees who had a history of misconduct and poor performance on the job were rehired by the tax agency, including some who had committed fraud or falsified documents.
The Internal Revenue Service's Taxpayer Advocate has produced its annual report on the agency's behavior. What did it find? The taxman doesn't want to hear your complaints. Worse, if you're elderly or disabled, the IRS goes out of its way to ignore you. As our friends at Americans for Tax Reform note: