Senator John Thune continues to complain that the Internal Revenue Service is actually going to work harder to enforce the tax laws:
Although there are a number of ways to make the IRS more efficient and accountable, the agency’s recent influx of cash is unlikely to do so given that more than half of the funding is directed toward enforcement, including audits, and only four percent goes toward improving customer service. If you made one of the 250 million phone calls to the IRS that employees failed to answer last year, or if you dealt with a delayed refund from the agency, you probably agree a stronger emphasis on customer service is warranted [Senator John Thune, press release, 2022.11.27].
Hey, Senator Thune: did it ever occur to you that a properly funded IRS can do both customer service and audits? And did it occur to you that maybe customer service doesn’t require as much funding as audits, since the audits of your rich tax-dodging friends will face much higher expenses per customer as they fight the rich dodgers’ lawyers, while customer service doesn’t provoke any costly response from the customers the IRS serves?
Hiring more customer service agents to help everyday taxpayers is a good investment. So is hiring auditors who will do the even harder work of making Thune’s rich cheater-friends pay their fair share.