Cato Policy Analysis No. 222 April 15, 1995

Policy Analysis

Why You Can't Trust the IRS

by Daniel J. Pilla

Daniel J. Pilla is a tax litigation consultant in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of eight self-help books on dealing with the IRS, including How to Fire the IRS (Winning Publications, 1994).

Executive Summary

By the end of this year some 40 million Americans will have had an adversarial confrontation with the Internal Revenue Service. In a rising number of such confrontations, the taxpayer is right, and the IRS is wrong. This study finds that despite a doubling of its budget over the past 10 years and a nearly 20 percent increase in enforcement personnel, the IRS is increasingly incapable of administering and enforcing the nation's tax law. The following are some of the reasons the IRS can no longer be trusted.

The IRS fails to meet the standards of financial accountability and diligence that it imposes on the citizenry. Since the IRS can no longer adequately police itself, it can no longer be trusted with the authority to police individual American businesses and taxpayers.

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