Part VI: Enforced Tax Collection (Problems 21-29)

Virtually all of the horror stories we hear about the IRS grow from enforced tax collection.

Enforced tax collection involves the IRS's power of lien, levy and seizure. These potent weapons allow the agency to take virtually all of the property one owns in order to satisfy the outstanding…

For example, one IRS report showed that as many as 25 percent of the assessments on the books were attributed to duplication or administrative error. One General Accounting Office report showed that the IRS's data processing systems are so bad the agency is routinely pursuing collection from citizens who already paid their taxes. An internal audit conducted in 1998 concluded that the agency violated federal law by imposing production quotas on tax collectors. Still another internal audit showed that collectors routinely violated the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Act as well as the IRS's own rules and procedures while carrying out the collection process. Given the fact that the agency possesses awesome collection weapons, it is intolerable that such problems exist even after all the so-called IRS reform.

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