How inefficient is the IRS? Very. From Newsmax:
A single household in Lansing, Mich., pulled down at least $3.3 million in tax returns after the IRS failed to notice the address was listed on more than 2,000 separate filings.
J. Russell George, the treasury inspector general for tax administration who released the report detailing the incident, says it is just one of many fraud cases among results he finds “extremely troubling.”
The growth of tax fraud and the government’s struggle to keep up with it continues to worsen, “At a time when every dollar counts,” he said in a statement, Bloomberg reported.
The Lansing case stands out. The address was listed on a total of 2,137 different filings, said George.
The IRS, then, is about as effective as the Post Office. The solution -- obvious to any government bureaucrat -- is to make the agency stronger and to give it more power:
The [IRS] report suggested that Congress grant the agency the authority to use existing federal databases to further combat things like identity theft, a major driver of tax fraud.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, a major hub for fraud, acknowledged the problem in a statement. “Online tax cheats are swindling billions from law-abiding Americans,” he said. But he remained vague on solutions, saying only, “we’ve got to find a fix.”
What do you want to bet that the "fix" involves more unrestricted power and more intrusive actions by an already out-of-control government agency?