Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pay Your Taxes

Anyone who's watched TV with me for any period of time has probably heard me launch into a diatribe when I see one of those commercials to help people get out of paying their taxes. They inevitably paint the IRS as these goons who are after your cash... you know, the 5 years of taxes you haven't paid. 

Thankfully, Ezra Klein is around to defend the IRS. He even came up with this little tidbit:

Every year the IRS collects data on "the tax gap." The tax gap is the difference between the taxes the agency knows it's owed and the taxes the agency has actually been paid. In fiscal year 2008, the tax gap was $345 billion. That's about 14 percent of the total taxes collected that year. And you know who makes up that shortfall: those of us who didn't dodge our taxes.

We could have lower taxes overall if people would actually pay the damn things. And if slimeball accountants and lawyers stopped enabling those tax dodgers. As is pointed out in the article, the GOP has made it harder for the IRS to collect taxes, meaning tax rates are higher than they need to be. Small government gone wrong.


  1. I agree with you. Every time I see Roni Deutch on TV, I get filled with rage. That being said though, if these people are paying 50% of their tax bill, it's better than the 0% they may otherwise pay.

  2. If you take Ms Deutch at her word, it's more like 10%. But fair point.

    You should go full disclosure and point out that if more people pay taxes, more will pay you to do theirs. :)